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Friday, July 27 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
Salvation in the Soil

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Climate change and loss of biodiversity threaten the very existence of the human race. While professors and policymakers in ivory towers study, debate and try to forge agreements, campesinos with little money or education are stabilizing the climate, bringing biodiversity back to degraded lands and feeding the world. Meet some of these unsung heroes working with Sustainable Harvest International, a member of Regeneration International, and learn how millions more could join their ranks to become the cornerstone of a healthy planet and food system.

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Florence Reed

Founder, Sustainable Harvest International
Florence Reed is a prize-winning thought leader, innovative practitioner, and deeply engaging speaker who believes that when people work together, things can change for the better. This belief led her to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama in the early nineties. In 1997, Reed... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm
Lecture Hall Kennebec Valley Community College - Alfond Campus
  • about Florence Reed is a prize-winning thought leader, innovative practitioner, and deeply engaging speaker who believes that when people work together, things can change for the better. This belief led her to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama in the early nineties. In 1997, Reed founded Sustainable Harvest International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with rural Central American communities to implement sustainable farming practices and preserve tropical forests. As the organization’s chief visionary and networker, Florence spends her time in rich conversations with internal and external stakeholders, bringing together farmers, donors, volunteers and others to catalyze changes for a better future. Her entrepreneurial spirit and interest in expanding horizons makes identifying new opportunities for collaboration a favorite part of Florence’s work. In recent years she has enjoyed being a delegate to the Opportunity Collaboration, Regeneration International General Assembly and Environmental Laureates Convention, as well as a member of advisory committees for the National Peace Corps Association and Regeneration International. Florence is currently especially interested in helping expand global coalitions such as Regeneration International for a truly sustainable future. Florence lives in Surry, ME with her husband, Bruce Maanum, and their son, Clay, in a home they built with primarily local materials. They are close to reaching their goal of being fossil fuel independent and grow much of their own food.

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