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Wolfe's Neck to host speaker series on sustainability

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Wolfe's Neck to host speaker series on sustainability

FREEPORT — For the third year, Wolfe's Neck Farm has invited informative and educational speakers to participate in a winter community forum entitled "Sustainability: Transitions to Resilience."

The series will start Tuesday, Jan. 19 and will continue through March.

The series will explore and encourage the current trend of sustainable living, but will also highlight how sustainable living was a necessity throughout history.

Heather Foran, education coordinator at Wolfe's Neck Farm, said the format will be slightly different this year.

"The lectures we provide can be a lot to take in," she said. "The public let us know they were overwhelmed with a few of the lectures in the past, so this year we have shortened them and have built in a question and answer discussion time at the end of the presentation. This way, the public can process the information which will make the experience richer for the audience."

The presentations will be paired with suggested films as a supplement to the lecture.

The first film is entitled "Colonial House," a series about people trying to survive in the Maine woods with 17th century equipment. The show was presented on the History Channel, and follows modern day people trying to live in a 17th century village. Their challenge is to make the village sustainable and profitable while trying to survive.

The film will be screened at the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Tickets are $5, but a farm work exchange is an option.

The speaker for the first lecture will be historian Fred Koerber.

Koerber, a Brunswick resident, will present "Sustainability: Then and Now," a discussion about the changes in the use of land and water throughout history. He will use examples from the Maquoit Bay and will connect historic land use to the search for sustainability. The lecture will be held at the Freeport Community Center at 6:30 p.m. with community discussion to follow. The suggested donation is $5.

In February, artist Robert Shetterly of Brooksville, will use his portraits to present "Americans who Tell the Truth," a discussion about the historic struggle for political and environmental sustainability in the United States.

Foran said the paintings will profile people throughout U.S. history who have spoken out for what they believe in as a way to change the course of history.

"His presentation will highlight ordinary people who have stepped up to do extraordinary things," she said.

Shetterly spent the last eight years painting a series of nearly 150 portraits. His lecture will focus on five of the paintings. The discussion will be held at the Freeport Community Center at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and community discussion to follow. The suggested donation is $5.

For more information on the Wolfe's Neck Farm winter community discussion, visit wolfesneckfarm.org and check the calendar for updates.

Amy Anderson can be reached at781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net