BERC to hold next 'Green Living' seminar


NORTH ADAMS, MA - This year's "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. 19, at 5:30 p.m. with a workshop on "Sustainable Vegetable Production," 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 ways they might directly contribute to the improvement of agricultural sustainability through hands-on workshops on green gardening techniques. No reservation is required.


This presentation on "Sustainable Vegetable Production" will be given by Frank Mangan, extension associate professor in the Department of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences at the UMass-Amherst. Mangan will discuss the origins of some of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy in Massachusetts, as well as the sustainable production of these crops locally and in areas from which we import these vegetables.


Mangan has a Ph.D. from the UMass-Amherst Department of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences. His specialties include implementing research and extension activities on all aspects of sustainable vegetable production, identifying and researching new vegetable crops for production by farmers in Massachusetts for the large and growing immigrant populations in the state and region, and analyzing market dynamics of local food systems.


For more information, go to or contact Elena Traister, (413) 662-5303.