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East Brunswick Library will hold event on environmental sustainability in Zimbabwe

The East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission partner will hold a “Sustainable Agriculture Projects in Zimbabwe” virtual presentation at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9.

The presentation will be led by Tait Chirenje, professor of Environmental Science and Sustainability at Stockton University.

Climate change is wreaking havoc in rural farmers’ lives in Zimbabwe, often leading to poor or no harvests in back-to-back seasons. This talk will focus on results from a four-year effort to help rural farmers transition from vulnerable large-scale field-based agricultural practices like corn/soybean growing to small-scale controlled environment systems like shed-grown mushrooms and hydroponics.

The talk covers how a demonstration center’s development helped provide incentives for local farmers and international experiences for Chirenje’s university students.

Chirenje holds a Ph.D. in Trace Metal Biogeochemistry from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in Earth Science from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Zimbabwe.

The free event is presented online, and closed captioning will be provided.

Tickets are required.

This event is sponsored by the East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. It is funded by the American Library Association’s “Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change” pilot program.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ebpl.org/optiongreen.

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