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Stirring It Up: Challenges and opportunities in Northern New England

Stonyfield Farm's Gary Hirshberg at Tin Mountain, July 22

Gary Hirshberg, founder, president and CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm, will present ‘Stirring It Up: Challenges and opportunities in Northern New England’ on Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany. (Courtesy Photo). (click for larger version)
July 15, 2010
Summertime in New Hampshire is the picture of perfection. It is also one of the best times to enjoy the local foods the region has to offer. What better time to participate in a local foods potluck and attend a presentation on Stonyfield Farm's success in maintaining an organic and sustainable business right here in the Granite State. Stonyfield Farm, celebrating its 27th year, is the world's leading organic yogurt company.

Stonyfield advocates that healthy food can only come from a healthy planet; through the use of organic ingredients, they are able to keep over 100,000 farm acres free of toxic, persistent pesticides and chemical fertilizers that can contaminate soil, rivers and drinking water. To help reduce climate change, Stonyfield offsets all of the C02 emissions generated from its facility's energy use and donates 10 percent of its profits to efforts that help protect and restore the Earth. The company also founded a nonprofit called Climate Counts that shows people how they can help fight climate change by the way they shop and invest.

In his presentation, Hirshberg will discuss his experience maintaining a profitable, green, socially responsible company while addressing large-scale organic agriculture and sustainable economic development. He will speak to the business opportunities and the lifestyle choices available that represent a winning combination for communities, the economy, and the environment.

Hirshberg is President and CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm and he has overseen the growth of the company from its infancy as a seven-cow organic farming school in 1983 to its current $350 million in annual sales. A New Hampshire native, he is the husband of writer Meg Hirshberg, and the father of three college-age yogurt-eaters. He is also the head coach of a Girls U17 travel soccer team and the Assistant Coach of the Concord High School girls varsity tennis team.

White Birch Books of North Conway will be on hand for individuals interested in purchasing Hirshberg's 2008 book, "Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World."

Hirshberg's presentation will be preceded by a local foods potluck for members of Tin Mountain Conservation Center. The event provides the perfect opportunity to sample the culinary array the Mount Washington Valley has to offer.

The presentation is open to the public and donations of $3 per person and $5 per family are appreciated. Reservations are requested. For more information or to RSVP, contact Outreach Coordinator Nora Dufilho at 447-6991 or nbeem@tinmountain.org.

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