Stephen F. Austin State University

2012 Earth Day Presenter/Musician Bios

Presenters

Dr. McBroom

An Assistant Professor in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Dr. Matthew McBroom's primary research interests are in the effects of land management on water resources, and how to design land management activities to minimize potential impacts on water quality. The Texas Intensive Silviculture Study is his primary research projects examining the effects of forest management activities like clearcutting and site preparation with best management practices. He is also examining the dynamics of woody debris loading in the Sabine River, along with several other studies.

Buckley Macinerney

Buckley was born April 9, 1944 in McAllen, Texas. He completed his last year of High School in Naples, Italy and then attended the University of Perugia for a year. He speaks Italian fluently. He was in the very first group of Peace Corps volunteers and lived for 2 years in Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese. He is also fluent in Spanish. Buckley studied nuclear physics and astronomy, and has worked and taught in those fields. He moved back to Texas from California in 1976 and has remained here ever since. He has used his language skills as a volunteer at H.O.P.E. food pantry.

This word, caretaker, remarkably sums up Buckley MacInerney. Buckley takes care---of his loved ones, his friends, our community, and he takes care of the Earth. Buckley IS a caretaker, in the broadest sense.

Buckley's clear vision of the Farmer's Market and what it can bring to our community is the key that has made the market so successful. From making available fresh food, supporting local farmers, encouraging healthy eating and building a sustainable local economy to serving as a community gathering center, the Farmer's Market has become, in five years, one of the best things Nacogdoches has going for it. Buckley volunteers countless hours to the market, serving as coordinator, liaison with the city, music scheduler and, simply put -the market's caretaker.

Buckley often speaks of sustainability, and has put more thought into the concept. True sustainability is a discipline, one that many agree with in concept but are not willing to devote enough real-life attention to. Buckley, a long time student of sustainable living, truly walks the walk, and he most often takes the less easy and more sustainable path in his own life.

Bryan & Cindy Pruett

The Pruetts originally felt called to Nacogdoches, TX in 2007 to purchase and run a Bed and Breakfast, but due to an unexpected detour their attention began to be more and more directed towards farming. During a two year interim, the Pruetts were exposed to the serious problem that is industrial agriculture beginning with, but not exclusively through, the culture-changing book The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. From that point, they became increasingly convinced that they should become part of the solution.

In 2009, along with Cindy's parents, the Pruetts purchased 9 acres of East Texas red dirt in Appleby Community outside of Nacogdoches. They immediately began to farm - very ineptly at first, but God blessed their intentions and they had a remarkably successful first fall season, selling fresh organic produce all fall and winter at the Nacogdoches farmer's market.

The Pruetts feel that it has been a blessing to welcome new members, customers, and friends into their lives to "share the harvest" through their Community Supported Agriculture (C.S.A.) farm. Over the last three years there have been a number of individuals who have contributed far more than their share to the farm. These friends have given of their time and energy selflessly and the farm is better for their gifts. The growing enthusiasm for local, organic food is overwhelming. What was at first simply a desire to follow God's prompting has now become a sacred trust. Through the Appleby Community Farm, the Pruetts accept the responsibility of feeding as many families who are able financially and/or physically be a part of the farm and as many as we are able that cannot.

"We value continued growth in all areas of our lives and we will work for justice, equality, environmental protection, and a safe, affordable food system. We value the philosophy of letting others live as they will... without fear of persecution or discrimination. We value living modestly. We try to practice wise management of our financial resources and will carry little or no debt. We want to make an honest living. We enjoy growing and promoting quality organic vegetable products and providing community to those who may have none. We believe in leaving our environment better than we found it. We strive to be good stewards of the land, to maintain and enhance soil, water, and air quality through sustainable farming practices. Our philosophy is to imagine the impact seven generations into the future that any business decision we might make will have ... We want to make a positive difference in our community and be good role models and mentors for others who may have an interest in sustainable farming. We will support the local economy as much as we can, realizing that this effort, in itself, helps sustain the community."

Appleby Community Farm is growing at a sustainable rate. Ultimately, they see the farm becoming a "destination" for local families to enjoy the grounds to picnic, fish, or even weed and harvest; for schools to teach about local food production and for other organizations to take advantage of the grounds for events.

Greg Grant

Greg Grant is a horticulturist, naturalist, garden writer, and plant developer from Arcadia, Texas. He is co-author of Heirloom Gardening in the South (2011), Texas Home Landscaping (2004) and writes the popular "In Greg's Garden" column for Texas Gardener magazine. He currently serves as the SFA Gardens Outreach Research Associate in a ½ time mode.

He has degrees in floriculture and horticulture, both from Texas A&M University and has attended post graduate classes at Louisiana State University, North Carolina State University, and Stephen F. Austin State University. He has experience as a horticulturist at Mercer Arboretum and San Antonio Botanical Gardens, an instructor at Stephen F. Austin and Louisiana State Universities, an award winning horticulturist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, director of research and development at Lone Star Growers, and on the staff of Naconiche Gardens and The Antique Rose Emporium.

Greg has traveled extensively to hundreds of botanical gardens throughout the United States and Europe and has given over a thousand entertaining lectures. He is a graduate of the Benz School of Floral Design, a member of the Garden Writers Association of America, and a lifetime member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, the Southern Garden History Society, and the Big Thicket Association. His garden and farm have been featured in a number of books and magazines including Texas Gardener, Woman's Day, and The Dallas Morning News.

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