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RSVP Events

Secure your spot! Join us for exclusive events with limited capacity. RSVP now to ensure your participation in these unique gatherings. Don't miss out on the opportunity to connect, learn, and engage in meaningful experiences. Reserve your place today and be part of something special.

Lettuce Farm

Deep Hollow Farm

Tour and Vegan Talk | 10 AM - 12 PM

Immerse yourself in the sustainable practices of Deep Hollow Farm with a unique tour and vegan talk. This engaging event provides an intimate look at the farm's operations, emphasizing vegan principles and sustainable agriculture. A perfect blend of education and exploration for those interested in veganism and eco-friendly farming. Please RSVP for this event as spots are limited.

Sponsored by Energea

Guest Speaker
Justin Fornal

Grano Arso | Adventures in Ethnobotany

Explorer and writer Justin Fornal takes listeners on his most exciting international expeditions to learn how humans around the globe interact with the world's most provocative plants.  Where in Ethiopia did humans first start drinking coffee? What narcotic plant is considered a national pastime in Yemen?  Where are frankincense and myrrh still gathered as they were since biblical times? What plant-derived textile is believed to be a magnet for ghosts in Uganda? What root is still sought after by Mississippi blues musicians for its mystical virality, and finally, what tree in Chester, Connecticut, did witches once use to make their magical broomsticks? Find out these answers when Justin Fornal presents 'Adventures in Ethnobotany'! 

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Guest Speaker
Ian Gibson

Grano Arso | Home Gardening Techniques From The Farmers Perspective 

Ian is the owner and operator of Wellstone Farm in Higganum Ct.  Ian has an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology and a master’s of science degree from Nova Southeast University in marine biology and biological oceanography and coastal zone management.  Ian now spends his time teaching science and running his organic farm. Ian supplies wonderful food to many local restaurants, including River Taven, The Brush Mill, and Grano Arso. 

Sponsored by Energea

Guest Speaker Suzanne Thompson

Village Bistro | Saving our Land, Air, and Water Together

Suzanne Thompson works with Save the Sound to protect the Oswegatchie Hills, a coastal forest in East Lyme on the banks of the Niantic River, a tidal estuary of Long Island Sound. One of Save the Sound's successes is The Preserve in Old Saybrook, a 1,000 acre preserve that was rescued from development in 2017, after decades of local grassroots advocacy to protect the land. The mission of Save the Sound is to protect and improve the land, air, and water of the whole Long Island Sound region. Suzanne will explain how the organization uses legal and scientific expertise and brings people together to achieve results that benefit our environment for current and future generations.

Tree Planting

Sponsored by Energea

Guest Speaker 
Kate Dzikiewicz

Village Bistro | Greenwich Tree Conservatory

Kate assumed the role of Executive Director at the Greenwich Tree Conservancy in January 2024, following an eight-year tenure at the Bruce Museum. During five of those years, she served as the Seaside Center Manager, where she fostered collaborations with local government and nonprofit entities to deliver environmental and conservation education to tens of thousands of Greenwich families and adults. She also curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions at the Bruce Museum, covering various subjects ranging from the space race to the Amazon Rainforest. She has been the co-author of several scientific papers and has found great joy in stepping out of the lab and into the community.


Kate holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Zoology (Molecular Paleontology) from North Carolina State University.

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