Workshop on food security, local food movements, and sustainable communities.
The movement for food sovereignty and community food security is part of a deep and long-standing American tradition of living off the land and learning the ways of the earth through traditional knowledge. Come learn how these roots are growing in central Vermont and beyond, helping to reconnect people to their communities, and redefine our common purpose as a country.
Martin Kemple (Goddard MA ’88), together with Joseph Kiefer (Goddard MA ’80, & Institute for Social Ecology), co-founded the Montpelier-based educational organization Food Works in 1987, which is recognized as a national leader in the local food and farm-to-school movement. They are the authors of Digging Deeper: Integrating Youth Gardens Into Schools and Communities.
About Martin Kemple:
Martin Kemple is the Co-Founder, with Joseph Kiefer, of Food Works at Two Rivers Center, and currently serves as the Executive Director. Kemple's study and work in Africa during the 1980s under a Watson Fellowship helped him to crystallize his lifelong work – how can communities and individuals maintain their connection to the land, and to their ancestral birthright, in the face of increasing modernization and urbanization?
Kemple has taught graduate level courses in sustainable communities at Burlington College, and undergraduate classes on international development at Norwich University’s Peace Studies program for aspiring Peace Corps volunteers. He has co-authored, with Joseph Kiefer, the nationally recognized guide, Digging Deeper: Integrating Youth Gardens into Schools and Communities; as well as Living Traditions: Teaching Local History Using State and National Learning Standards.
He is a graduate of Wesleyan University where he majored in Religious Studies, and has an MA from Goddard College.