John Carroll: Food Sufficiency & Farm Sustainability in New England

What will it take to ensure food sufficiency and farm sustainability In New England? UNH Professor John Carroll will speak about the rising movement towards small scale agriculture at the Portsmouth Public Library on Tuesday, November 1st:

Real Dirt: Toward Food Sufficiency & Farm Sustainability in New England
John Carroll
Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth, NH
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public

“Sustainable agricultural practices in New England concern us all, from farmers to backyard gardeners to food consumers,” says Dr. John E. Carroll, Professor of Environmental Conservation at the University of New Hampshire. “Agriculture in New England is dying. Quite true. Agriculture in New England is being born. Equally true. Two different agricultures.”

Dr. Carroll will speak about his environmental research which is focused on public policy, environmental diplomacy and ecological ethics and values, including the relationship between ecology and religious or spiritual values. Currently his research emphasis is in sustainability of agriculture and food systems, and the relationship of energy and food production, with particular reference to New England food security, as well as agricultural ethics and values.

Dr. Carroll’s publications include the trilogy about food and farming: “The Wisdom of Small Farms and Local Food: Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic and Sustainable Agriculture”; “Pastures of Plenty: The Future of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Conservation in New England”; and “The Real Dirt: Toward Food Sufficiency and Farm Sustainability in New England”.

John E. Carroll has been a professor at  UNH since 1974, has directed and taught in the university’s undergraduate natural resources and environmental degree programs for many years, and has guided numerous graduate degree students (Masters and Ph.D) in natural resources and environmental research.  He holds the Ph.D in Resource Development from Michigan State University and lives in Durham, New Hampshire.

There will be ample time for your questions at the conclusion of the program. Copies of Dr. Carroll’s books will be available for purchase. The program is offered at no charge. For more information contact the Library at 603-427-1540 or visit our web site at The library is located at 175 Parrott Avenue, next to the Middle School.

Contact: Bob Miller, 603-427-1540,

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