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« Tuesday January 15, 2013 »
Start: 4:00 pm
  To celebrate 25 years of service & stewardship by Jeanie McIntyre, the UVLT Honorary Committee has planned a special day on Tuesday, January 15th, at Dowd's Country Inn in Lyme, NH. The Afternoon Program runs from 4 to 5:30pm and features remarks by writer, naturalist, and activist, Janisse Ray. The cost of this program is $10 per person. Space is limited! RSVP to Lorie Hood at or 603-643-6626 by January 11th for seats at this afternoon program. The Evening Program runs from 6:15 to 9pm and will include a reception, dinner, and benefit auction for the Jeanie McIntyre Conservation Capital Campaign. The cost of this program in $50 per person. *** A natural history writer & photographer, Janisse Ray has published in magazines and literary journals such as Hope, Orion, and Talking River Review. For two years she was assistant editor of Florida Wildlife Magazine and is author of four books of literary nonfiction as well as a collection of nature poetry. Her stories and the hard information she shares are a powerful, beautiful, urgent call to action. "There is no despair in a seed. There's only life, waiting for the right conditions-sun and water, warmth and soil-to be set free. Everyday, millions upon millions of seeds lift their two green wings." At no time in our history have Americans been more obsessed with food. Options - including those for local, sustainable, and organic food-seem limitless. And yet, our food supply is profoundly at risk. Farmers and gardeners a century ago had five times the possibilities of what to plant than farmers and gardeners do today; we are losing untold numbers of plant varieties to genetically modified industrial monocultures. In her latest work of literary nonfiction, award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray argues that if we are to secure the future of food, we first must understand where it all begins: the seed. The Seed Underground is a journey to the frontier of seed-saving. It is driven by stories, both the author's own and those from people who are waging a lush and quiet revolution in thousands of gardens across America to preserve our traditional cornucopia of food by simply growing old varieties and eating them. The Seed Underground pays tribute to time-honored and threatened varieties, deconstructs the politics and genetics of seeds, and reveals the astonishing characters who grow, study, and save them. Janisse Ray grew up in a junkyard along U.S. Highway 1, hidden from Florida-bound vacationers by the hedge at the edge of the road and by hulks of old cars and stacks of blown-out tires. Ecology of a Cracker Childhood tells how a childhood spent in rural isolation and steeped in religious fundamentalism grew into a passion to save the almost vanished longleaf pine ecosystem that once covered the South. In language at once colloquial, elegiac, and informative, Ray redeems two Souths. "Suffused with the same history-haunted sense of loss that imprints so much of the South and its literature. What sets Ecology of a Cracker Childhood apart is the ambitious and arresting mission implied in its title. . . . Heartfelt and refreshing." - The New York Times Book Review.  
Start: 7:00 pm
  Calling to mind the philosophical stance of Hokusai, for whom “beauty and disaster exist in precarious equilibrium,” Phyllis Katz considers life's emotional and physical migrations in Migrations, her second collection of poems. “Phyllis Beck Katz explores the sorrows and satisfactions of a deeply lived life among family, friends, and the delights and dangers of the natural world. Like the garden that pervades so much of her poetry, Katz’s lyrics exhibit beauty, variety, and the poet’s always nimble care—they are the quickenings of a hard-won and vividly practiced cultivation.” Daniel Tobin Phyllis Beck Katz’s poems have appeared in many journals and two anthologies. She received her B.A. in English from Wellesley College, her M.A. in Greek from UCLA, and her PhD in Classics from Columbia University. She has taught English and Classics at numerous schools and universities. Since 1993 she has taught at Dartmouth College, offering undergraduate classes in the Classics Department and in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She has also taught classes in poetry, cultural studies, and gender issues as part of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Dartmouth.  
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