Blue Ridge Community College presents the Ninth Annual Kehr Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, featuring pioneering Permaculture teacher, designer, and consultant Chuck Marsh. In this interactive thought-provoking presentation ‘The Neo-horticultural Revival and the Restoration of Abundance to our World’, he will discuss whether the solutions to many of our pressing global challenges can be found in a food growing revival. He will explore how we can use horticultural and gardening strategies to enhance regional food security, liberate ourselves from big ag, conserve lots of energy and resources, strengthen the local economy, and restore health and abundance to our planet.
Growing a food and medicine garden, sharing your surplus yields with others, teaching your children how to provide for their sustenance, cultivating a community of reciprocity and connectedness - these are simple steps in the reclaiming of our lives and communities that our new gardening culture is bringing to life.
The Lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Auditorium in the Sink Building following a reception at 6 p.m. in the adjacent Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Martha Howell at (828) 694-1743.
Chuck Marsh has been a landscape gardener and designer, an ecovillage co-creator, an eco-organic horticulturist and nurseryman, and not so secret agent for cultural evolution. As an educator, he often teaches about Permaculture and edible landscape design and practice, innovative horticultural strategies for the 21st century, backyard economics, and other liberation through abundance strategies for people and place.
Marsh is the founder of Useful Plants Nursery, an edible landscaping plant nursery, located at Earthaven Ecovillage near Black Mountain, NC. He is the senior partner in Living Systems Design, a Permaculture design practice that serves home and landowners in the Southern Appalachians and surrounding regions. Marsh also works on permaculture and ecological organic farming international development projects and since 2007 has been focused on catalyzing and supporting permaculture and community development initiatives in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
The Kehr Lecture Series is supported by an endowment established by the late Dr. August E. and Mary Louise Kehr through Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation. Dr. Kehr was a published researcher with a doctorate in Genetics from Cornell University, minoring in Plant Pathology and Cytology. He held positions on the faculties of Louisiana State and Iowa State Universities, as well as worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Through the Kehr Lecture Series, it was his and his wife’s hope to leave a legacy that would encourage the love of plants and the environment.