Wendell Berry

Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Harry Pickens Sets Wendell Berry Poems to Song for Louisville's Voces Novae

Voces Novae rehearses Harry Pickens' new compositions of Wendell Berry poems
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Inside a rehearsal room at Highlands Presbyterian Church, Voces Novae conductor Frank Heller leads his singers through a song based on a Wendell Berry poem while composer Harry Pickens accompanies them on piano. Pickens has adapted ten Berry poems for choral performance for the ensemble’s season opener, “I Go Among Trees.”

“If you focus on the text, then the music will illumine the text. The music is never more important than the text,” Heller tells his singers.

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Environment
4:27 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Wendell Berry Named Winner of Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Kentucky author and farmer Wendell Berry is this year’s recipient of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, which is given out every year by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

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Environment
7:10 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Scholarships Available for 3 International Students to Study in Berry Farming Program in Kentucky

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St. Catharine College in rural Washington County, Ky., is looking for three international students to join the school’s nascent Berry Farming Program on scholarships.

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Environment
4:35 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Five Takeaways From a Conversation Between Michael Pollan and Wendell Berry

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Kentucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry interviewed food journalist Michael Pollan last night in Louisville. (Pollan stopped by the WFPL studios earlier in the day for an interview as well). Over the course of the evening, they discussed Pollan's new book "Cooked" and the bigger issues it raises. Here are five takeaways from the interview:

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Environment
7:10 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Wendell Berry Conference Will Explore Challenges, Potential in Rural America

Wendell Berry. By Photographer/original uploader: David Marshall/w:User:brtom1 [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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Writers, environmentalists and farmers will gather in Louisville next weekend for the first-ever conference organized by the Berry Center, which address land use, agriculture and food.

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Local News
12:27 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Local Food Proponents Discuss the Movement's Challenges, Opportunities

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Food advocates say Louisville and Kentucky are in prime positions to develop the local food economy and emerge as a leader in the movement.

Author and farmer Wendell Berry, consultant Karen Karp of Karp Resources and Mayor Greg Fischer discussed the region's role in local food yesterday at the library.

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Environment
7:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

EPA Official, Environmental Activists Reflect on 40 Years of the Clean Water Act

One of the country's most effective environmental laws-- the Clean Water Act--turns 40 today.

The act has been setting water quality standards and regulating pollution for the nation's streams, lakes and wetlands since being signed by a bipartisan Congress in 1972.

“Before 1972, this nation approached water quality as ‘the dilution is the solution to pollution,” said Hank Graddy of Kentucky Watershed Watch, in a breakout session at the Healthy Farms, Local Foods Conference last weekend.

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Environment
2:48 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Wendell Berry Advocates for 50-Year Farm Bill at Local Conference

Wendell Berry.
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Kentucky poet and farmer Wendell Berry advocated for a 50-Year farm bill at the 13th annual Healthy Food, Local Farms Conference this past weekend.

Farm bills are usually passed by Congress every five years. But Berry says a longer-term 50-year farm bill would be more beneficial to the environment.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

13th Annual Food and Farm Conference to Focus on Importance of Water

A day-long conversation about local food and farming is scheduled for next weekend. The 13th annual Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference will focus on the theme “No Water, No Food.”

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Environment
4:37 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

NYT's Mark Bittman on Wendell Berry, Land and Food

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman came to Kentucky last month for what he describes as a sort of reporting trip/pilgrimage to poet-farmer Wendell Berry's Port Royal home. Berry has been in the national news this week after delivering the 41st Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities Monday in Washington, D.C.

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