Feb. 15, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces the next Green Living Seminar will take place on Thursday, Feb. 28, with a presentation on “Indoor Farming: The Future of Food?” by James Mayer, a farmer at Grateful Greens in Stephentown, N.Y.

All Green Living Seminars will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus. Presented on Thursdays throughout the spring semester, this series is free and open to the public.

The theme of this semester’s series is “Sustainable Food and Farming,” which focuses on the past, present, and future of how food is produced and distributed in our region, and strategies for improving the sustainability of our food system.

Mayer will talk about the advantages and challenges of indoor farming, and running a microgreens operation. Microgreens are the shoots of plants or vegetables such as sunflowers, peas, radishes, or wheatgrass that are picked just after the first leaves have developed.

In operation since January 2018, Mayer grows Grateful Greens’ microgreens without the use of chemicals. His produce is featured at local restaurants and gourmet stores as a highlight of salads and sandwiches.

This semester’s Green Living Seminars will take place through April 25. Following Mayer’s talk on Thursday, Feb. 28, the next Green Living lecture will take place on Thursday, March 7, when Trevor Mance, owner of TAM Organics LLC in Bennington, Vt., presents “Closing the Loop: Composting Food Waste.”           

Podcasts of this semester’s Green Living lectures will be posted online following each presentation at

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional, and national experts. The seminars are organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2019 series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.

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