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MCLA 'Green Living' Seminar to Focus on Community Gardens

04/07/2014

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - The spring 2014 "Green Living" seminars at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will continue on Thursday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218 with "Community Gardens: Sharing the Harvest."

The public is invited to attend this event, which is part of this spring's free series, "Cultivating a Sustainable Food System."

This lecture will be presented by Jennifer Munoz, director of the Growing Healthy Garden Program, and Russell Moody, pastor at Pittsfield Church of Christ.

Over the past eight years, Munoz has developed 15 school and community gardens in North Berkshire County as a way to encourage people to eat more vegetables. She also is involved in a grassroots initiative to preserve and increase farming and infrastructure in Berkshire County to create a successful local food system.

Moody, along with parishioners at the Pittsfield Church of Christ, broke ground on the "Giving Garden" in 2012. Since then, it has grown in size to 1.8 acres; thus far, 8,000 pounds of produce has been cultivated and harvested entirely by volunteers, and then donated to the Western Massachusetts Food Bank, which delivers it to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

The 2014 Green Living Seminar series is a presentation of MCLA's Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the MCLA Environmental Studies Department. It will continue on Thursdays through April 24. For more information, go to www.mcla.edu/greenliving or contact Dr. Elena Traister, (413) 662-5303.