Sr Center Brings Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker to Speak on Sustainability

Larkin McPhee

Larkin McPhee, Emmy-awardin winning producer, will be the keynote speaker for the kick off event of a 4-part series on Local Sustainability, presented for the public by the Northfield Senior Center.  The first event will be Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy, starting with a viewing of the film "Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story," followed by comments from McPhee, who produced and directed the film.   McPhee won three Emmys for this documentary: Best Topical Documentary, Best Writer of Program (non-news) and Best Editor of Program (non-news).   The film shows the relationship between farming practices and the health of the river.   It tells the story of changes on the land, and the initiatives people are taking to ensure a more sustainable food production system.       

McPhee will comment on positive changes in this story (our practices that adversely affect water quality) that she has noted since the film was made in 2010.                                      

The kick off presentation will be followed on subsequent Monday evenings with these programs:

Monday, March 17, 6:30-8:30pm    Two sound approaches to farming

David Legvold, conventional farmer, and Ben Dougherty, organic farmer - Open Hands Farm, present in dialogue.    

Monday, March 24, 6:30-8:30pm    Northfield City actions

Environmental Quality Commission - City efforts towards sustainability using the template of GreenStep Cities which includes such actions as storm water reduction, recycling, composting, urban forest, complete streets, and PACE.                                             

Monday, March 31, 6:30-8:30pm    Exploring Present and Future Challenges

A panel discussion by local people who are working on sustaining or improving the environment in and around Northfield.            


This series is sponsored by the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, Legvold Farms, SEMA Equipment, Minnesota Ag Group, Nerstrand Elevator, Michael Ludwig and Gary and Linda Wagenbach. All of these programs in the series are open to the public and will be held at the Northfield Senior Center, Room 103 (1651 Jefferson Pkwy).  There is no fee, but a free will offering will be accepted.