Thanks to everyone who attended and helped organize the 34th National Forum, and a special thanks to our Forum sponsors! Read below for highlights from the event. Forum videos are available to watch on our YouTube channel.
This years' Forum, Cultivating Community and Environmental Health: Models for sustainable and organic strategies to protect ecosystems, pollinators and waterways, focused on the adoption of policies to protect human health and the environment, and organic land and building management strategies. The Forum, with its broad range of speakers and collaborators, provided an opportunity for grassroots advocates, scientists, and policy makers to share efforts in building local, state and national strategies for strength and growth.
Friday Afternoon Tour
The event kicked off with an afternoon tour on Friday, starting at noon, where we explored regional organic food systems, with a guided tour of the USM Food Forest Garden, Broadturn Organic Farm, and a Healthy Living Center in Portland, featuring a rooftop garden and sustainable kitchen. Special thanks to the Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative and Saint Josephs College: Pearson Cafe for providing a healthy and organic lunch to attendees.
Friday Night Event:
Friday night featured a special performance of A Sense of Wonder, by Kaiulani Lee, followed by a talk and book signing by Kristin Ohlson, author of The Soil Will Save Us.
A Sense of Wonder, which is a one-woman play written, produced, and performed by Kaiulani Lee, is the story of Rachel Carson’s love for the natural world and her fight to defend it, much of it taking place in Maine! It is the story of the extremely private Ms. Carson thrust into the role of controversial public figure with the publication of Silent Spring. This powerful two-act play brings to life on stage Ms. Carson’s passionate message on the adverse health and environmental effects of pesticides, just as these toxic chemicals were becoming an increasingly common part of modern life. Kaiulani Lee brings to the writing and acting of A Sense of Wonder more than 35 years of experience in theatre, film, and television.
Kristin Ohlson, journalist and bestselling author. Her book, The Soil Will Save Us, makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our great green hope"—a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon—and potentially reverse global warming.
Ecological Tick Management Workshop, featuring Ron Circe, an ecologist and manager of the over 700 acre Banshee Reeks Nature Preseve in Loudoun County, VA, where he employs natural practices to successfully manage ticks; and Daniel Sonenshine, Ph.D., professor emeritus and eminent scholar of biological sciences at Old Dominion University, who researches tick pheromones, tick immunity and tick-borne diseases.
The 34th National Pesticide Forum was convened by Beyond Pesticides, Toxics Action Center, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), and University of Southern Maine Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Co-sponsors include: Eldredge Lumber & Hardware, Environment America, Food and Water Watch Maine, Friends of Casco Bay, GreenCAPE, Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Organic Consumers Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine, Portland Pollinator Partnership, Portland Protectors, Protect South Portland, and Regeneration International.
Miss out on the Forum? See Beyond Pesticides' Youtube page for videos of all the speakers, panels, and workshop discussions from the 34th National Pesticide Forum! Check out our past conferences here.
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