Next MCLA 'Green Living' seminar to focus on organic gardening


NORTH ADAMS, MA - The Spring 2009 "Green Living" seminars and workshops hosted by the Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC) at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will continue on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m., with a workshop on "Organic Gardening 101," in Murdock Hall conference room 218.

The public is invited to attend this free series, "Good Food: Sustainable Agriculture for the 21st Century."

The aim of the series is to inform students and the community about why and how to increase the sustainability of our food system. Participants will learn about ways of directly contributing to improving agricultural sustainability through hands-on workshops on green gardening techniques. No reservation is required.

"Organic Gardening 101" will be presented by Ed Stockman, an agro-biologist who specializes in the biological systems of agriculture.

Stockman has a bachelor's degree in biology from Parsons College in Iowa and a master's degree in biology from the University of New Hampshire. He is a retired organic extension educator for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Massachusetts, and has been farming and gardening organically for 37 years.

The series will continue on Thursdays through April 23. For more information, go to or contact Elena Traister, (413) 662-5303.