Birke Baehr visits Food and Community class

Most of you have heard of the annual Greentopia Festival that is held in the High Falls district each September. This year, the festival featured several speakers, one of whom was a young man named Birke Baehr, who gained national recognition after he presented a talk entitled “What’s wrong with our food system?” at TedXNextGenerationAsheville in 2010. Here is a link to his five-minute speech:

Birke Baehr’s TedX talk

We were lucky enough to have Birke and his mother, Tricia, visit Harley and speak with Chris Hartman’s Upper School elective Farm and Community class. Although his visit was brief, he toured our Micro-farm and spoke with the students about their interest in local food and sustainability. Birke has authored a book, appropriately titled Birke on the Farm, which we will acquire for our Lower School library. Here are some photos from Birke’s brief, but meaningful visit:

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