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'The Power of Gardens'

Food gardens have the power to teach us, nourish us, heal us, and lift us up when we're feeling down. Through his work and his own personal travels, Roger Doiron has had an opportunity to be involved with a number of garden projects that have helped shift the conversation about healthy foods and sustainable communities. In his talk, Roger shares stories of some of the most inspirational gardens and gardeners he has encountered and the work that his nonprofit, SeedMoney, is doing to empower more people to grow healthy gardens of their own.

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Roger Doiron
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Biosketch: Roger Doiron is founder and director of SeedMoney, a Maine-based nonprofit helping food garden projects to thrive across the country and around the world. His work and ideas have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, International Herald Tribune, New York Times and the Washington Post. His successful proposal and petition campaign to replant a kitchen garden at the White House gathered over 100,000 signatures and international media coverage and was voted the grand prize winner of the “On Day One” contest sponsored by the United Nations Foundation. His work on the White House campaign also earned him the “Heart of Green” award, the Garden Crusader Award, recognition as one of the country’s top five “Green Game Changers“ by the readers and editors of the Huffington Post and one of the ”10 Most Inspiring People in Sustainable Food“ by the editors of Fast Company magazine. Although grounded in his own local food system, Doiron remains interested in and connected to international food issues. Doiron first became involved in food issues in Europe as head of Friends of the Earth’s European office in Brussels during the 1990s at the height of the Europe’s mad cow furor. He was also part of the American NGO delegation to 1996 UN World Food Summit. Doiron is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Holy Cross College and holds a Master of International Relations degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He enjoys cooking, gardening and eating with his three Belgo-American sons and his wife Jacqueline.
Organization/Affiliation: SeedMoney