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Wildcrafters to Visit Green Mountain College

POULTNEY, VT (April 4, 2008) – Green Mountain College hosts Vermont wildcrafters Nova Kim and Les Hook for a Family Farm Forum event April 29.

Their talk, titled “Wildcrafting: Endangered Traditions and Endangered Species,” begins at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. It is free and open to the public. From 1 – 4 p.m., Kim and Hook plan to lead a wildcrafting walk at the Deane Nature Preserve. The day, co-sponsored by Chartwells, includes a dinner in Withey Dining Hall featuring wildcrafted items.

With over 80 years of combined experience hunting the Vermont woods for wild foods and medicines, Kim, of Osage heritage, and Hook, a native Vermonter, are sought-after teachers and lecturers. Well-known for their passionate view regarding conservation, they have been guests on public television shows and have collaborated with the U.S. Forest Service to give talks on forest ethics. They have been presenters and guests at many events, including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival; Terre Madre, the Slow Food World Meeting of Food Communities in Turin, Italy; the Native Food Summit in Sante Fe, NM; the Slow Food RAFT Conference for the Clambake and Maple Nations in Vermont, and others.

They also recently joined with Executive Chef Tom Bivins of the New England Culinary Institute (NECI) as founding Board Members of The Wild Food Gatherers Guild & Cooperative, a non-profit.

The event is part of GMC’s Family Farm Forum, an annual series of talks and open discussions that includes farmers and agriculture experts from the community, and scholars from the College and other educational, government and non-profit organizations throughout Vermont and the country.

For more information, call the Green Mountain College Office of Communications at 802-287-8311.


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