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Westchester Land Trust
Five cutting edge lectures about the environment, the way we live today, and the way we'll need to live in the future

scenic_hudson_foto_0.jpgWestchester Land Trust is presenting a series of great talks and discussions that will explore many facets of sustainability.

Starting in December and ending in April, they're offering the chance for you to hear and converse with experts on the Hudson River, sustainable food and agriculture, local farming and sustainable energy.

And they're offering the lectures in locations around Westchester County, in hopes of reaching more people in more places.

The suggested donation is $15 per lecture, or $50 for all five. All proceeds will go to support their land preservation work throughout the county.

Email Grace Buck to reserve a spot at any of the lectures: Or Call Tom Andersen for more information: (914)241-6346 x24.

Here are the details:


Brains vs. Brawn: The Future of Water -- John Cronin, director and chief executive officer of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries; former Hudson Riverkeeper

Monday, December 14, 2009, 7 p.m. - Warner Library, Tarrytown

Estuaries are among the most productive ecosystems but what we've done to them in general - and to the Hudson River in particular - has damaged a traditional source of high quality, local, sustainable food and water. That is one of the unfortunate legacies of the Clean Water Act. But with cooperation instead of finger-pointing, there's still time to make the Hudson sustainable again.


Slow Food, Good Land -- Josh Viertel, executive director of Slow Food USA

Thursday, January 28, 2010, 7 p.m. - Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville

When we prepare and eat food with care, we naturally want to eat food that was raised with care, and for that we need land that is capable of sustaining farms. Explore the connection between how we eat, what we eat, and sustainability.

The Annual Leon Levy Environmental Symposium: How the Greenmarket Saved the Hudson Valley -- Barry Benepe, co-founder of the New York City Greenmarkets

Sunday, March 7, 2010, 3 p.m. - Jewish Family Congregation, South Salem

Much of the landscape of the Hudson Valley and beyond has remained viable, productive farmland because farmers have a place to sell what they produce. And many farmers have a place to sell what they produce because of the New York City Greenmarkets, which since 1976 has been working with farmers within 150 miles of New York City to provide fresh, seasonal food at more than 40 locations.

No Farms, No Food/No Farmers, No Food -- a panel discussion featuring local farmers

Sunday, March 28, 2010, 3 p.m. - St. Matthew's Church, Bedford Village

"No Farms, No Food" the bumper stickers say. But in Westchester County, sustainable farming is difficult, if by "sustainable farming" you mean "farms that make enough money to stay in business." Land is expensive. Neighbors can be picky about activities near their homes. Markets can be hard to reach. A panel of four local farmers discusses the reality of growing food here in our backyard.

The Sustainable Future -- Adam Zellner, president of Greener by Design, New Brunswick, NJ

Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m. - Rye, location to be announced

When it comes to sustainability we should think globally and act locally, but we should also pay attention to what's going on in Washington D.C. What kind of resources are government and other sources making available, and what is the future for regulations, codes and innovations such as carbon auctions.