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Sustainable agriculture topic of Santee Cooper Lecture

Expert Mary Berry to speak Nov. 19 at Wofford

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Ideas for sustainable agriculture will be the topic of the upcoming Santee Cooper Lecture Series on Tuesday, Nov. 19, hosted by Wofford College’s environmental studies program.

Mary Berry, director of the Berry Center in New Castle, Ky., will speak in “The Berry Center: Ideas on Sustainable Agriculture” at 5 p.m. in McMillan Theater in the Campus Life Building. The program is free and open to the public.

Established in 2011, the Berry Center serves as a repository for the study of small farm agriculture in Kentucky. It exists to “ensure a healthy countryside populated by prosperous farmers on well-tended farms,” Berry says. “The focus of the work at the center is on land use, farm policy, farmer education, urban education about farming, and local food infrastructure. The goal is to establish within the Commonwealth of Kentucky a national model of urban-rural connectedness.”

Raised on a farm in Kentucky since the age of 6, Berry has spent much of her adult life farming. Her endeavors include dairy farming, growing tobacco, growing organic vegetables, raising pastured poultry and grass-fed beef, and also hosting events at her winery from 2002 to 2011.

She will share ideas on sustainable agricultural practices during her talk at Wofford.

The Santee Cooper Lecture Series, begun in 2009, serves as a forum between the world’s experts on current environmental issues and the Wofford and Spartanburg communities. “Through this lecture series Santee Cooper provides us with powerful forum for meetings and discussions with some of the leading thinkers in the world on these issues,” John Lane, director of Wofford’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center and professor of environmental studies and English, says.

For more information about the Santee Cooper Lecture Series, contact Lane at 864-597-4518 or