1. Brainiacs Learn A Lesson

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     Champions for Children’s programming changed when they discovered how to learn from the parents they thought they were supposed to teach. Brian McEwen is Executive Director of Champions for Children. He previously held the position of Associate Director for 12 years. Jeanene Lurvey is Implementation Manager and Chair of the...
  2. Farmers’ Cooperative in Zambia

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    How a Floridian couple,  Michigan school students and an African farmer teamed up to enhance the education of elementary school girls while launching agricultural reform in Zambia.               Val Gallina & George Sherman are long time educators, who developed Character Ethics for students in the Pinellas...
  3. Sisters of the Land

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    Future farmers and policymakers learn spiritual land stewardship at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice in Indiana.  White Violet Eco Justice Center has been a ministry of the Sisters of Providence since 1996 and is located on 1200 acres of land in Terre Haute, IN.  The Center recognizes & fosters the interdependence...
  4. Farm to College Programs: 3 Big Benefits

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    What does the Rocky Horror Picture Show have to do with feeding college students while helping statewide farmers and growers? Mark LoParco is director of UM Dining at the University of Montana, and is the executive director of the UM Foodservice Management and Purchasing Consortium.  An active member of the National Association...
  5. Let the $un Shine

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    What do a synagogue, a dance center, and 500 strangers in 13 countries have in common? The answer might surprise you. Andreas Karelas is the 2013 Audubon Toyota Together Green Conservation Leadership Fellow.  He has ten years of experience in environmental & renewable energy experience and is now the Founder and...
  6. An Amazing Detective Story

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    How a group of determined citizens and scientists found the truth and prevented more deaths.  Dan Fagin received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction for his book, Toms River: A Story of Science & Salvation. He is the Director of the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University,...
  7. Power to the People

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    Member-owned Kodiak Electric provides more power from renewable resources for less money. Jim Devlin is Operations & Engineering Manager at Kodiak Electric Association in Alaska  Food For Thought & Conversation Share your thoughts about Kodiak Electric surpassing its goal of 95% renewable power by 2020 by reaching 99%in 2014. Jim points...
  8. Hatching Solutions

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    Kodiak Fishery works with nature to increase the salmon population without chemicals.  Al Seale is Pillar Creek Hatchery Manager in Kodiak, Alaska  Food For Thought & Conversation Pillar Creek Hatchery appears to be filling a need in the Kodiak region by contributing to the provision of the 35% of hatchery wild salmon...
  9. United for Life

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    How the citizens of Charleston came together to protect their most precious resource: water. Mel Hoover is Reverend Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Church. He was the 2013 recipient of Unitarian Universalist Association Distinguished Service Award for his work in anti-racism, anti-oppression, community-building, gender equality and environmental justice. He is 2014...
  10. The Locavore’s Dilemma

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    Who wouldn’t want to eat good food grown locally using sustainable methods? The biggest problem for most people is finding it. Here’s how one community is solving that problem.  Carolyn Goodwin is Co-Founder of Sound Food in Bainbridge Island, WA.  She is a consumer-focused marketing professional and sustainable food evangelist with...

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