DIRT Series brings author David Montgomery to the Monadnock region

KEENE, N.H. – The Natural and Cultural History of Soil is a series of educational events on the theme of soil as the foundation of a healthy food system – and society. Supported in part by funding from a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project grant and a partnership with Professor Mark C. Long of Keene State College, this series of events culminates with two talks by author David Montgomery in early November.

By bringing together the farming community and the general public, this collaborative venture will further an urgent project at the heart of the environmental humanities: the connection of people, ideas, and the land. Research and writings by Dr. David Montgomery will provide reference and context relating each event to the next while audience members consider the relationship between agricultural management and the broader domain of human life.

  • Oct. 3 – Film screening of Dirt! The Movie at 6 p.m. at Stonewall Farm in Keene, N.H.
  • Oct. 19 – Panel and Roundtable Discussion of David Montgomery books: “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations,” “The Hidden Half of Nature,” and “Growing a Revolution” at 6 p.m. at Stonewall Farm in Keene, N.H.
  • Nov. 2 – Keynote address by David Montgomery at the CCCD Annual Meeting Banquet Dinner at 5 p.m. at the Marriott in downtown Keene, N.H.
  • Nov. 3 – Free talk by David Montgomery 11 a.m. at the Keene State College Centennial Hall, 229 Main St. Keene, N.H.

Leading up to this event, 50 books by Dr. Montgomery will be made available for community members to borrow at the Keene Public Library and the Cheshire County Conservation District office in Walpole. A library card is not needed. To reserve a book or RSVP to one of our events, contact the CCCD at 603-756-2988 x115/116 or email amanda@cheshireconservation.org.

The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and responsible use of our natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial, and educational assistance. Our goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds, and clean water to ensure those resources are available for future generations. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole, N.H. where we work alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners.

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