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Farmer and Ecologist Peter Allen to Speak at Sterling College

16 Sterling Drive
Craftsbury Common, Ve

Sterling College is proud to announce that noted farmer and ecologist Peter Allen will be presenting on campus. His talk, “Savanna Gardens: Becoming keystone species of Earth’s ultimate ecosystems,” will be given on Monday, October 5th, at 6:30 p.m. in Simpson Hall, Classroom 3. This talk is free and open to the public.

Savannas, defined as grasslands with scattered trees, represent the planet's most complex, diverse, and productive ecosystems—ecosystems capable of providing the services and material goods necessary to sustain a habitable planet and thriving human communities. Managing the complexity of these ecosystems, however, requires approaches and skill sets that are in many ways opposed to those of conventional land management, especially traditional agriculture and conservation. This story of the savanna will help people understand its ecology and evolution and what communities can do to embrace the complexity and restore the ecosystems most capable of cooling our planet and nourishing our communities.

Peter Allen is an ecologist-turned-farmer and applies his background in ecology towards the design, restoration, and management of diverse and agriculturally productive savanna ecosystems. He and his wife Maureen founded Mastodon Valley Farm, a 100-acre farm in southwestern Wisconsin, where they are developing an off-grid homestead, planting lots of trees, and grazing lots of animals.

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Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and Outdoor Education. Sterling College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is one of only seven federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.


Christian Feuerstein, Director of Communications, Sterling College
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