'Green Living' Series Offers Workshop


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 Thursday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m. with a workshop on "Soil-Building Techniques" in Murdock Hall conference room 218.

The public is invited to attend this free series, "Good Food: Sustainable Agriculture for the 21st Century," which aims to inform students and the community why and how to increase the sustainability of our food system. Participants will learn ways to directly contribute to the improvement of agricultural sustainability through hands-on workshops on green gardening techniques. No reservation is required.

A healthy, biologically active soil is essential for healthy plants, animals and people and for a sustainable civilization. Development, roads, conventional fertilizers, pesticides and tillage can destroy soil fertility rapidly. Attendees will earn organic principles and practices that will allow them to care for and improve their soil and gardening success.

This workshop on "Soil-Building Techniques" will be led by Bill Duesing, organic farmer, environmental artist, executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of Connecticut and president of the NOFA Interstate Council.

For more than 35 years, Duesing has worked to promote organic agriculture and greater local food sufficiency in Connecticut and the Northeast through lectures, writings, media and community work.  He is author of "Living on the Earth: Eclectic Essays for a Sustainable and Joyful Future."  He was founding president of CT NOFA and founding chair of the New Haven Ecology Project and its Common Ground High School, located on a farm in New Haven.

For more information, go to greenliving or contact Elena Traister of MCLA's environmental studies department, (413) 662-5303.