April 16, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces this spring’s Green Living Series will conclude on Thursday, April 25, with a lecture on “Innovating Open-Source Technology for Small-Scale Sustainable Agriculture” by Dorn Cox, a farmer who is the founder of FarmOS, an open-source software platform for farm management, planning, and record keeping.

All Green Living Seminars will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus. Presented on Thursdays throughout the spring semester, this series is free and open to the public.

The theme of this semester’s series is “Sustainable Food and Farming,” which focuses on the past, present, and future of how food is produced and distributed in our region, and strategies for improving the sustainability of our food system.

Cox, a farmer who works his 250-acre, four-generation family farm in Lee, N.H., will discuss innovation in small-scale sustainable agriculture. He has designed and constructed systems for small-scale grain and oilseed processing and bio-fuel production. He also has developed no-till and low-till equipment and associated cover cropping systems.

Cox is vice president of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts, and serves as a county supervisor and vice-chair of the Strafford County Conservation District. He also serves as the research director for the Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment in Freeport, Maine.

He was the 2018 recipient of the Hugh Hammond Bennett Excellence in Conservation Award by the National Association of Conversation Districts’ (NACD), which is given in recognition of extraordinary achievements in and contributions to the soil and water conservation movement in the United States.

A founding board member of the New England Farmers Union, Cox serves as a vice president to the New Hampshire Association of Conservation District and was awarded the 2007 NHFB Young Farmer Achievement Award. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and a Ph.D. in natural resources and earth systems science from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.

Podcasts of this semester’s Green Living lectures will be posted online following each presentation at

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional, and national experts. The seminars are organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2019 series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.

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