Wright-Locke Farm Speaker Series

September 25 Speaker Session - Why the Ocean Matters: It’s Probably Not Why You Think

Wednesday September 25, 7:30 PM in the 1827 Barn. Q&A to follow

  • Free and open to the public.
  • We offer a casual picnic supper (sandwiches from Clover Food Lab, iced tea/lemonade & cookies for around $20), starting at 6pm. Please indicate that you'd like to purchase a meal below. Email Events Manager, Amy ([email protected]) with any questions.
  • Bring a cushion for our wooden chairs and dress accordingly for the weather (the barn has no heat/AC).
  • Each session will be recorded and eventually posted on our website so can rewatch and share!


Solutions to climate change require us to think differently about how the land and sea connect to communities. Laura Parker Roerden, founder/executive director of Ocean Matters and fourth generation farmer will take us on a journey into a new paradigm for farms informed by oceans that holds the key to climate solutions and how engaging with this paradigm can help communities build resilient youth, expand our notion of tribe, and give us new ways to belong.

Bio: Laura Parker Roerden

Executive Director and founder of Ocean Matters, Laura Parker Roerden has over twenty-five years of experience in environmental education and educating for social responsibility. She is a lecturer and author of many books, curricula and articles on young people’s social, emotional, and ethical development. She is the former publisher and managing editor at Educators for Social Responsibility and former managing editor of the magazine New Designs for Youth Development. Laura currently serves on the board of directors of both Women Working for Oceans (W20) at the New England Aquarium, as well as Earth, Ltd. of Southwicks Zoo and is a member of the Pleiades Network of Women Leaders in Sustainability. She lives on a fifth generation family farm in the Blackstone Valley of Massachusetts.

Date: 09/25/2019 (Wed.)

Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT

Location: Wright-Locke Farm

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