Goldfarb Center Newsletter

Goldfarb Center Newsletter - April 9, 2012

April 9, 2012

In This Issue

- The Future is in the Dirt with Ben Hewitt, farmer and author of The Town That Food Saved
- Maine Philanthropy Awards to Honor Neil Rolde
- Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans
- Calendar of Events

The Future Is in the Dirt: Digging into the potential for local food systems to revitalize community and economy

For decades, the rural Vermont town of Hardwick (pop: 3,200) grappled with a challenged economy. Like so many small towns, the once-thriving regional industry had died, and the majority of the working population was forced to commute far beyond the town line to find work.

Enter the "agripreneurs," a group of ambitious young agricultural entrepreneurs with big ideas about how regionalized food-based enterprise can be used to create sustainable economic development and wean our nation of its unhealthy dependence on industrial food.

In The Town That Food Saved, Ben Hewitt explores the contradictions inherent to producing high-end "artisanal" food products in a working class community. To better understand how a local food system might work, he spends time not only with the agripreneurs, but also with the region's numerous small-scale food producers, many of which have been quietly operating in the area for decades. The result is a delightfully inquisitive peek behind the curtain of the town that has been dubbed the "Silicon Valley of local food."

Ben Hewitt returns to Colby this week for an reprise of his highly praised keynote address at last year's Nonprofit Leadership Institute. For those of you who were not able to hear Ben last year, don't miss him! He will give a public talk on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in Page Commons, Cotter Union.  He is also visiting the Global Food Policy course taught by Prof. Travis Reynolds, and will attend a lunch event at Barrels Community Market.  Ben's visit is cosponsored by the Goldfarb Center, the Environmental Studies Program, First Year Seminar Wellness Series, and Interdisciplinary Studies.


Maine Philanthropy Awards to Honor Neil Rolde

The 5th annual Maine Philanthropy Awards, to be presented at a dinner on Wednesday, April 11, will honor Maine author and historian Neil Rolde and four additional honorees. Rolde has served his adopted state of Maine as an historian, philanthropist, and public servant, representing York County in the Maine House of Representatives for sixteen years after serving six years on Governor Ken Curtis' staff. In addition to Rolde, who will be named the 2012 Maine Philanthropist of the Year, the program will recognize exceptional individuals from a Central Maine High School, Colby College, and Central Maine who have made an extraordinary contribution to the service of others. The awards serve as the celebratory conclusion to the Nonprofit Leadership Institute.

Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans

Oceanographic Research Vessel Captain Charles Moore wasn't doing research in the middle of the North Pacific ocean in 1997. He was on a return voyage from Hawaii after testing a new mast in the Transpacific Yacht Race, when he was becalmed in the doldrums and began to notice scraps of trash floating by every time he came on deck, mostly broken down bits of former things. His now famous discovery led Captain Moore to become a scientist-activist investigating what others had passed over -- the plastic "confetti" created from our floating plastic discards by ultraviolet sunlight and the turbulent waters of a salty sea.

In his presentations and new book, Plastic Ocean, Moore chronicles his scientific investigations of our ocean's plastic load aboard ORV Alguita, an his impassioned, fiercely unorthodox style of working that results not only in authoring peer reviewed articles in scientific journals, but run-ins with skeptical officialdom, controversy and the media glare of New York and Hollywood TV shows like Nightline, Late Night with David Letterman, the Colbert Report, and National Public Radio broadcasts.

Join Captain Moore, the founder of Algalita Marine Research Foundation, for a riveting expose of humanity's "plastic footprint." An acclaimed speaker and international authority, Moore explains in vivid detail his first -hand experience of the alarming consequences millions of tons of our persistent plastic waste is having on the marine environment, and ultimately, on us.

Thursday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Cosponsored by the Mid-Maine Global Forum and the Goldfarb Center

View the online Calendar of Events.