Petersham Earthday - Arbor Day 2019 events Sunday, April 28

  • Nipmuk Tribal member and chair of the Nipmuk  Cultural Preservation, Inc., Fred Freeman will be one of many presenters at the Petersham Earthday-Arbor Day 2019 April 28 Genevieve Fraser

  • Nipmuk Tribal member and chair of the Nipmuk  Cultural Preservation, Inc., Fred Freeman will be one of many presenters at the Petersham Earthday-Arbor Day 2019 April 28 Genevieve Fraser

Published: 4/21/2019 10:00:16 PM

PETERSHAM — A combined, all-day "Petersham Earthday-Arbor Day 2019" series of events, games, and programs for people of all ages are scheduled for Sunday, April 28, starting at 10 a.m. on the Petersham South Common. Members of the Petersham Forest and Shade Tree Committee will plant trees in memory of Dr. Alan Bachrach, Stephen Boudreau and Brian Miner, and provide free ironwood tree seedlings as long as supplies last. The committee will also provide a map and clues as part of a "Trek des Tree" exploration of trees and local history in a self-guided walking tour, where individuals can earn points at each tour stop for prizes.

At 10:30 a.m. a Petersham Unitarian Earthday program will begin with an interactive "Teach-In" under a big blue tent, reminiscent of Earthdays of the 1970s. "An Earthday Perspective: The Ritualist, The Native American, The Farmer, The Student, and The Professor" will feature ritualist, Katja Esser; local farmer Jess Cherry; Nipmuk Tribal member and chair of Nipmuk  Cultural Preservation, Inc., Fred Freeman; student, Anthony Brogno and Larry Buell, professor, and program moderator. Each will share their perspectives on Earthday.

Following a pot luck lunch starting at noon in the Petersham Unitarian dining room, Julie Rawson, the Executive Director of NOFA Mass and co-farmer at Many Hands Organic Farm, will kick off the afternoon programs, starting at 1 p.m. with a PowerPoint presentation and talk on No-Tillage Carbon Sequestration Gardening. Over the years, Rawson and her husband, Jack Kittredge, have experimented with various tillage practices. Julie will offer insights into the challenges of moving to a no-tillage, more carbon sequestering operation. Many Hands Organic Farm is a 70-person CSA which raises and sells pasture-raised eggs, broiler chickens, turkeys, beef, and pork.

At 2 p.m., Abbie Coffin White's talk on "Amber Waves of Grain Grown in Hardwick" will focus on growing and milling wheat locally as well as the history of the region where growing wheat and other grains was commonplace and communities got together to harvest the crop. White will also reveal how Roundup and other toxins are used in commercial production of wheat to keep down pests during transportation and storage, which may account for allergic reactions due less to gluten and more to pesticides.

At 3, journalist-novelist Rebekah L. Fraser will describe her most recent publication, "A Farmer's Guide to Climate Disruption" which provides insight into how to thrive in the changing climate by using produce growing methods that stem the tide of climate change while regenerating land. Fraser spent 10 years covering the science of farming for agricultural trade magazines. A Farmer's Guide to Climate Disruption includes interviews with some of the world's top researchers in the field of agriculture. Fraser, a graduate of Yale University, also published the romantic novel, "The Orderly: a dark love story," in 2018.

At 4 p.m., David St. Germain will introduce attendees to the movement known as "Extinction Rebellion."

The Petersham Earthday-Arbor Day 2019 events are free and open to the public. Events are sponsored by the Petersham Forest and Shade Tree Committee in conjunction with the First Congregational Parish Unitarian, Petersham. For more information call Genevieve Fraser at 978-544-1872.

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