The Planning committee is proud to announce the 2013 Keynote Speaker and Featured Speakers
More details on her keynote topic soon!
Jordan Howard is a 21 year old thought leader at the intersection of sustainability, environmental education and youth empowerment. As one of the youngest sustainability educators and green school champions, Jordan understands education is empowerment and has made it her mission to provide youth with the inspiration and tools to create the change they want to see in their schools, communities, and cities. Jordan’s journey began at the Environmental Charter High School in Los Angeles, California while taking a mandatory environmental service learning class. Jordan was an environmental skeptic until she later realized that she was skeptical because she was not educated on solutions to environmental issues.
Talk Title: Whispers and Shadows: Nature Stories
Growing up on a Waushara County farm during the latter years of the Depression and through World War II, Apps had firsthand contact with nature as he helped work the home farm with horses, gardened with his mother, walked a mile to a one-room country school, and enrolled in forestry and soil conservation projects through 4-H. He will share some of his early stories that provided a foundation for his life-long love of nature. Today he continues to listen for the whispers and look in the shadows to learn even more.
Jerry Apps has been a rural historian and environmental writer for more than forty years. He has published five novels, more than twenty nonfiction books, plus five books for children and young readers. His novels include: The Travels of Increase Joseph, In a Pickle, Blue Shadows Farm, Cranberry Red and Tamarack River Ghost. (All published by University of Wisconsin Press) The novels have an environmental theme threading through them. His nonfiction books include: The Land Still Lives, Living a Country Year, Old Farm, Garden Wisdom, and Limping Through Life. In 2012 Wisconsin Public TV produced an hour-long documentary, Jerry Apps: A Farm Story, which will be aired by NPR in 2013. A second TV documentary is due out in fall 2013 and will be based on Jerry’s forthcoming book, The Quiet Season.
Jerry is a former country extension agent and Professor in the UW-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. He has received numerous awards for his writing. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at UW-Madison. In 2012 he was elected as fellow in the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. He and his wife, Ruth divide their time between their home in Madison and their farm, Roshara, west of Wild Rose.