Congratulations to Mr. Derek Silva, a sophomore in the UMass Sustainable Food and Farming program in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, for being selected as the recipient of the 2012 National Grid Foundation Green Scholarship Award.
Presenting the award in Stockbridge Hall was Mr. Robert Keller, President of the National Grid Foundation.
Derek was selected by the faculty of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture as an outstanding example of a young person committed to both academic excellence and sustainable living. His education includes practical, scientific and policy aspects of sustainable food and farming.
In this photo, Derek and other Sustainable Food and Farming students learn how to prepare cauliflower for harvest at Simple Gifts Farm In North Amherst, MA.
Derek, who comes from Lowell, MA, hopes to pursue a career in advocacy for sustainable issues including local farming. He is currently studying sustainable food and farming and will focus on public policy and advocacy in his degree. His family originally comes from a farming community in the Azores and Derek’s grandfather is an avid gardener.
As part of the presentation, Dr. Wesley Autio (pictured above), Director of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, met with Derek and Robert Keller to talk about the rich history of the school and its recent elevation to an academic unit in the College of Natural Sciences.
Special thanks to the National Grid Foundation and congratulations to Derek Silva from the faculty in the University of Massachusetts College of Natural Sciences.
You are invited to join in a gathering of Amherst residents interested in making things a little bit better in our town today and into the future. All Things Community will provide us with an opportunity to share our favorite ideas with our neighbors and ask them to join us to work for a better tomorrow. Please plan on attending…
All Things Community
Celebrating Amherst in Transition
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Amherst Regional Middle School
170 Chestnut St., Amherst MA
Following a brief introduction, participants will be encouraged to develop their personal and collective vision of what it takes to create a resilient community. As the afternoon progresses, ideas will emerge and networks will form around specific action steps using an Open Space process depicted in the following video:
For a schedule, go to: All Things Community.
Please join us (and bring a friend)!
This community event is sponsored by Transition Amherst whose purpose is to…
“foster vibrant and resilient community—in the face of rising energy-prices, climate change, and economic instability—by empowering one another to share our skills and gifts, and create a better life for all.”
By Evelyn Drawec
Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and the author of the foreword for State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, is calling for some new thinking—and action—regarding world hunger. In his new report, Agroecology and the Right to Food, De Schutter argues that agroecology is the best strategy for tackling hunger.
De Schutter argues that agroecology is the best strategy for tackling hunger. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)
The twenty-one page report details agroecology’s ability to provide food for the world’s hungry, outlining policy recommendations that nations can implement in order to help shift their agriculture systems to more sustainable methods. According to De Schutter, agroecological methods will be increasingly important as climate change takes a bigger hold on sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world. “Agroecology also contributes to mitigating climate change, both by increasing carbon sinks in soil organic matter and above-ground biomass, and by avoiding carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas emissions from farms by reducing direct and indirect energy use,” says De Schutter.
De Schutter also calls for incorporating individual small-scale farmers into the policy process as a way to disseminate their knowledge and help lift them out of poverty. As illustrated by De Schutter, “We won’t solve hunger and stop climate change with industrial farming on large plantations. The solution lies in supporting small-scale farmers’ knowledge and experimentation, and in raising incomes of smallholders so as to contribute to rural development.”
Small-scale farmers can double food production in a decade by using simple ecological methods, according to the findings of a new United Nations study released today, which calls for a fundamental shift towards agroecology as a poverty alleviation measure.
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By Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
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