Wed, March 14 12:30PM
Hannah Traggis, Mass Hort Senior Horticulturist
Title: The Power of Saving Seeds: Creating a Living Resource Library to Ensure Food Security
Hannah Traggis is a plant physiologist serving as senior horticulturist for Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Her work there combines a lifelong love of horticulture, plant biology, and education. She assists in overseeing the cultivation of gardens at Mass Hort’s 36 acre public garden site, The Gardens at Elm Bank, in Wellesley, MA. With an extensive background in organic agriculture, Hannah creates and teaches workshops throughout all of the gardens with topics ranging such as composting and seed starting, essential horticultural and gardening skills, botany and ethnobotany, preserving the genetic integrity of our food system through sustainable plant breeding and crop development and creating therapeutic garden spaces with children. She also works to support the establishment and sustainability of school garden programs across the state by providing horticultural skills for educators.
Thurs, March 15 1:30PM
Maria von Brincken, APLD of Maria von Brincken Landscape & Garden Design
Color Gardens: How to Make Beautiful Perennial Combinations from Spring thru Frost
Maria von Brincken, principle of Maria von Brincken Landscape Garden Design, is an award-winning certified designer celebrating over 15 years in professional practice. Maria specializes in beautiful earth-friendly landscapes and colorful flower gardens using native plants designed for you and your family. Trained as a fine artist, color theorist, and organic gardener, Maria’s design work has been featured in Fine Gardening Magazine, Landscape Ideas You Can Use, Front Yard IdeaBook, and others.
Fri, March 16 2:30PM
Caleb Harper, Principal Investigator and Director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab
Assistant: Whitney Burke
Title: MIT Media Lab’s Open Agriculture Initiative
Caleb Harper is the principal investigator and director of the Open Agriculture (OpenAG) initiative at the MIT Media Lab. He leads a diverse group of engineers, architects, and scientists in the exploration and development of future food systems. Caleb’s research focuses in the areas of control environment design, actuated sensing, control automation and data-driven resource, energy, and biologic optimization. His group, together with strategic partners, is developing an open-source agricultural hardware, software, and data common with the goal of creating a more agile, responsive and collaborative food system.
Harper is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2015-2016) and a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) New Vision for Agriculture Transformation Leaders Network (2015-2016). His work has been featured by TIME, WIRED, The Economist, National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Huffington Post, Popular Science, IEEE, and TED.
Sat, March 17 11:30AM
Tom Sullivan, M.A.L.D., owner of Pollinators Welcome
Native Bee: Our Unsung Pollination Heroes
A honeybee keeper in his youth, Tom Sullivan earned his Masters in Landscape Design at The Conway School of Landscape Design. He is founder and owner of Pollinators Welcome, and through this work, he designs, consults, and educates to promote design supporting pollinators and their habitat. Tom focuses on native bee proliferation by increasing nesting sites, meadow grasses and flowers, and connectivity among habitat fragments across the landscape. Tom desired to have a honeybee plant nursery when grew up. The severity of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) changed his life goal from honeybee food to supplying the needs of native bees. Tom’s background also includes: community garden organizing and working with teens to “Save The Parks” in Chester, PA; interning at The Rural Education Center where he helped start Stoneyfield Farm’s first yogurt plant; and leading the Frederick Law Olmsted Capital (Horticulture) Crew in the Emerald Necklace park system surrounding Boston.
Sun, March 18 12:30PM
Jane Hirschi, Executive Director of CitySprouts, and students of CitySprouts
Assistants: TBD (Carolyn, badges should go to her two assistants)
CitySprouts Youth Gardeners
Jane Hirschi, Executive Director of CitySprouts school garden program in Boston and Cambridge public schools, founded CitySprouts in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, parents, and community members in 2001. Ms. Hirschi is known throughout the region as a champion of garden-based education for all children. Ms. Hirschi’s book, Ripe for Change: Garden-Based Learning in Schools, describes the national movement to develop successful models of integrating garden-based learning in high-need urban school districts. Praise for the book has come from environmentalists as well as educators. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, writes, “Ripe for Change is a powerful tool to enhance learning that every school should utilize.”