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Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us about Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom

Reflections on feeding body and spirit in a world of change, with Animal Behaviorist and Author, Fred Provenza

Thursday, June 13, 2019  |  6:00 – 8:30 pm
Weatherlow Farms, 845 Sodom Rd, Westport, MA 02790

  • What kinds of memories form the basis for how herbivores, and humans, recognize foods?
  • Do humans still possess the wisdom to select nourishing diets? Or, has that ability been hijacked by nutritional “authorities”?
  • Is taking supplements and enriching and fortifying foods helping us, or is it hurting us?
  • To what degree do we lose contact with life-sustaining energies when the foods we eat come from anywhere but where we live?

Join us on Thursday, June 13 for a paradigm-shifting exploration of these questions, which have implications that could vastly improve our health through a simple change in the way we view our relationships with the plants and animals we eat.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6pm, featuring light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments followed by the main presentation at 7pm, ending with an audience Q&A.


$15 in advance, $20 at the door




6:00 – 7:00 Reception, light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
7:00 – 8:30 Feature Presentation, with Audience Q&A

“In Nourishment a wise observer of the land and the animals becomes transformed to learn the meaning of life. Fred Provenza’s reflections on his long, fruitful career in behavior-based management of landscapes include his joy in observing the natural world around him.”—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation (and former Connector Series speaker)

About Nourishment

Animal scientists have long considered domestic livestock to be too dumb to know how to eat right, but the lifetime research of animal behaviorist Fred Provenza and his colleagues has debunked this myth. Their work shows that when given a choice of natural foods, livestock have an astoundingly refined palate, nibbling through the day on as many as fifty kinds of grasses, forbs, and shrubs to meet their nutritional needs with remarkable precision.

In Nourishment Provenza presents his thesis of the wisdom body, a wisdom that links flavor-feedback relationships at a cellular level with biochemically rich foods to meet the body’s nutritional and medicinal needs. Provenza explores the fascinating complexity of these relationships as he raises and answers thought-provoking questions about what we can learn from animals about nutritional wisdom.

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About Fred Provenza

Fred Provenza is professor emeritus of Behavioral Ecology in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University. At Utah State Provenza directed an award-winning research group that pioneered an understanding of how learning influences foraging behavior and how behavior links soils and plants with herbivores and humans. Provenza is one of the founders of BEHAVE, an international network of scientists and land managers committed to integrating behavioral principles with local knowledge to enhance environmental, economic, and cultural values of rural and urban communities. He is also the author of Foraging Behavior and the co-author of The Art & Science of Shepherding.

The Nature Connection – Cancer and Climate ChangeEco-Herbal Medicine: An Interactive Walk and Talk

The Marion Institute is please to welcome herbalist and author Brendan Kelly, M.Ac., L.Ac. back again this summer for a 2-part learning experience co-hosted by Round the Bend Farm.

Saturday, July 20, 2019  | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Education Center at Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allen Neck Rd, South Dartmouth, MA 02748

Cancer and Climate Change

Using the holistic lens of Chinese medicine, we’ll discuss the direct connection between the warming of the planet and the epidemic rates of cancer in the US. Just as the environment around us is out of balance, for many of us our internal environment is also imbalanced, creating cancer and many other chronic diseases. We’ll also discuss how these ecological and personal issues are also appearing in our culture.

You can view Brendan talking about a Chinese medicine understanding of cancer at his clinic You Tube page <click here to be redirected>.


Saturday, July 20, 2019  | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allen Neck Rd, South Dartmouth, MA 02748

Eco-Herbal Medicine: An Interactive Walk and Talk

In our era of ecological crisis, it’s of urgent importance that we re-connect to the natural world around us. For thousands of years, people around the world have relied on local for healing and sustenance.

Brendan will lead the group on an experiential foraging walk, identifying, tasting and talking about the uses of several local medicinals and edibles as well as their importance with climate change.


$15 – grants admission to both the talk and the herb walk

$25 – admission to both events PLUS a farm lunch prepared by Round the Bend Farm from 12:30 -1:30 pm



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About Brendan Kelly

Brendan Kelly is an acupuncturist, herbalist, author and professor practicing Chinese medicine at the clinic he co-founded in Burlington, VT Jade Mountain Wellness. He teaches and lectures nationally about Chinese medicine and ecological and social issues at schools and conferences. He currently teaches undergraduates at Johnson State College in VT and graduate students at Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in FL and Daoist Traditions in NC. In 2015, North Atlantic Books published his first book The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis which uses Chinese medicine to present the bigger and deeper issues of global warming. For information about his clinic: For information about his book:

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