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John teaches courses relating to sustainability at the University of Massachusetts where he serves as faculty coordinator for the Sustainable Food and Farming major. His community service is mostly focused on a local group he helped establish, Grow Food Amherst, which encourages citizens to grow and buy more food at home. He is a past-member of the Board of Directors of Living Routes, Inc., an educational collaborative that helps students earn college credit for the study and practice of sustainable living in Ecovillages around the world. He has also served on his local Conservation Commission and on the Board of Directors of the North Amherst Community Farm. John was Director of the University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension System from 1992 to 2000 and Assistant Director of the University of Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station (1989-1992). He has a B.S. from the University of Rhode Island in Botany and an M.S. and Ph.D in Horticulture from Cornell University. He is an avid gardener and raises chickens in his suburban backyard.
Sustainable food and farming courses online

Sustainable food and farming courses online

The UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture was established in 1918 to provide practical science-based education – and the tradition continues today … learn more→

Don't wait for the federal government to fix the economy - relocalize your money now!

Don’t wait for the federal government to fix the economy – relocalize your money now!

…if we want to “change the world” we need to get serious about local money! … learn more→

UMass Permaculture invited to the White House!

UMass Permaculture invited to the White House!

Thanks to everyone who voted to put UMass in FIRST PLACE in the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge! … learn more→

Occupy the food system III: a sermon

Occupy the food system III: a sermon

Eating food can be a sterile, hurried act, offering little cause for joy – or a creative, spiritual act of connecting people, the earth and all of Creation. … learn more→

Ethics, self-interest and a purposeful life

Ethics, self-interest and a purposeful life

I wonder if we can find our way to “redemption” through service to community, the earth or perhaps the divine? … learn more→

A conceptual foundation for teaching

A conceptual foundation for teaching “Sustainability” courses

Sustainability studies, for me, is an opportunity to explore our relationship with some power greater than finite ourselves. And what could possibly be more important than that? … learn more→

Want to help design a local food hub?

Want to help design a local food hub?

The organizers of this project would greatly appreciate your thoughts … learn more→

Sustainable Agriculture 2011: a year in review

Sustainable Agriculture 2011: a year in review

If its not local (or at least regional)….. its not sustainable! … learn more→

Occupy the food system II: education and policy

Occupy the food system II: education and policy

I hope some of the occupiers will continue the struggle by joining with the education and policy organizations that have been working on these issues… … learn more→

What will you do when the lights go out (again)?

What will you do when the lights go out (again)?

An early snowstorm put us all in the dark… and it will happen again! … learn more→