Berry College welcomes Florence Reed, President and Founder of
Sustainable Harvest International, as part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow
Lecture Series Nov. 4-8.
Reed's lecture "Feeding the Planet and Its
People: Sustainable Farming as Key" will be from 8-10 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 5)
in Krannert Ballroom. She will speak on "Ecotourism, Volunteerism and Central
America" at 11 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 7) in Evans Hall Auditorium. These events are
open to the public.
In 1997, Reed founded Sustainable Harvest
International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with rural Central
American communities to implement sustainable land-use practices. Reed has grown
the organization from working with only a dozen families to working with nearly
2,200 families in four Central American countries to plant 2.8 million trees,
convert 14,000 acres of degraded land to sustainable farms, and save an
estimated 70,000 acres of tropical forest from slash and burn destruction.
She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama from 1991-1993, focusing on
agro-forestry and environmental conservation. In recent years, Reed has received
two honorary doctorates for her work from the University of New Hampshire and
Southern New Hampshire University, along with many awards such as the Yves
Rocher Women of the Earth award, the Traditional Home Classic Woman award, the
Harden Club of American Distinguished Service award, and most recently has been
named the Sargent Shriver Distinguished Humanitarian, the highest award given by
the National Peace Corps Association.
For more than 35 years, the Woodrow
Wilson Visiting Fellows program has brought prominent artists, diplomats,
journalists, business leaders, and other nonacademic professionals to campuses
across the United States for substantive dialogue with students and faculty
Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Brittni