Groups with shared values join Hildene
With commitment to its mission, Values into Action, and in accord with two of its key actions — land conservation and sustainable agriculture — Hildene hosted 24 ECO AmeriCorps members at the Dene Farm on June 21.
Hildene Horticulturist Andrea Luchini, who is a member of the Batten Kill Watershed Comprehensive Invasive Species Management Association, arranged the visit with ECO AmeriCorps Program Coordinator Dustin Bowman.
CISMA's goal is to leverage its shared knowledge, expertise, and resources to get people in the watershed engaged in the work of invasive plant control. That fit with ECO AmeriCorps, which fields groups of young people committed to environmental stewardship. Hildene works on these issues on its 412 acres. All three organizations are motivated by similar goals. Coincidentally the ECO AmeriCorps group was planning to work on a Vermont Land Trust service site in Rupert to pull invasive plants at an event organized through CISMA and the VLT.
Bowman was looking for a compelling property in the area for his service organization to enjoy on that same day. He recognized Hildene as, "a working farm and historic landmark that ties Vermont's natural history closely with the current path of sustainability" and confirmed the visit.
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home with its deep roots in the past has, for more than a decade, been putting down deep environmental roots for future generations, using the estate to educate students of all ages and guests from all over the world on the importance of environmental health from the gardens to the wetlands to the semester it offers to Burr and Burton Academy students who want to study sustainable agriculture in all its dimensions.
The recent visit to Hildene was a tailor-made, shared learning experience for the ECO AmeriCorps team and the Hildene staff. To learn more about ECO AmeriCorps go to http://dec.vermont.gov/administration-innovation/eco; for Hildene www.hildene.org; and for CISMA email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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