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Special Guests for Discussion: Jim Athearn, Shelley Edmundson (ED of MV Fisherman’s Preservation Trust) and a member of her board.
Preceded by the short film ONE THOUSAND BEATING HEARTS. In the film, One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts, filmmaker Peter Byck takes viewers to Bluffton, Georgia to hear from Will Harris of White Oak Pastures about his journey from industrial to re-generational farmer.
Out on America’s vast working landscapes – the ranches of the Mountain west, the farmlands of the Great Plains, the waterways of the Mississippi Delta – a huge, largely hidden, and entirely unexpected movement is being born. Tens of thousands of heartland conservationists are leading some of the most consequential work in the nation to restore America’s forests, grasslands, wildlife, soil and fisheries: the vast, rich bounty that shaped our national character and sustains our way of life.
Jim Athearn has been operating a farm on Martha’s Vineyard for 47 years. He and his wife started Morning Glory Farm in 1975 selling vegetables at the Farmers Market. With the enthusiastic support of the Island community, the farm has grown to include 165 acres of vegetables, hay , and pasture and a busy farm store in Edgartown. After finishing college, Jim’s two sons, Simon and Daniel, joined the farm full time and are now the principal operators of the business. Jim is the Current President of the Vineyard Conservation Society and a Vice President of the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society.
Shelley Edmundson is a recent PhD graduate of Marine Biology/Zoology from the University New Hampshire. Her dissertation research focused on channeled whelk (nicknamed conch), a commercially harvested marine snail which currently supports the largest commercial fishery on Martha’s Vineyard. Throughout her research, Shelley collaborated with local fishermen to collect data and develop research experiments. Shelley now works as the Executive Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust, a local non-profit established to help ensure that the Vineyard’s commercial fishing heritage, community, and access to local seafood continues for generations.