Earth Day

The What, When and Why of Growing Edible Gardens: An Interview with Dean Robin Avant.

Dean Robin Avant holding a copy of her book

Dean Robin Avant is a published author of the book, “The Spirt of Gardening” that guides the “New Bee” gardener through the basics of gardening with beautiful photos in an easy -to- read format.

Come join us for an amazing interview with our very own Dean Robin Avant, Dean of Academic Affairs at Housatonic Community College. Dean Avant, a long- time gardener will discuss the basic gardening concepts you need to know for a successful edible garden.

In addition to her role as Dean of Academic Affairs at Housatonic Community College, Dean Avant has taught courses in Forensic Science, Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Biotechnology and Bio-Molecular Science. She is a dedicated professional that guides student to success through mentoring and various enrichment programs in STEAM.

Publication: The Spirit of Gardening, Gardening for New Bees. Xulon Press: April 2020

Video will be shown from April 9th through April 22nd

A Discussion on the Future of Food: Janet Yarrow, MS, RDN.

Professor Janet Yarrow

From genetically modified foods to lab produced meat imitations, our food supply is changing. We are standing at the crossroads of the future of foods – do we take the path of technologically enhanced foods or return back to our roots and embrace regenerative farming practices that honors Mother Earth?

Professor Janet Yarrow is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and faculty member at Housatonic Community College. She teaches Introduction to Nutrition classes and Anatomy & Physiology. Professor Yarrow is the program coordinator and adviser to the pre-nutrition associate’s degree program at HCC, which offers students a guided pathway toward becoming a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist

Video will be shown from April 9th through April 22nd.

A Plant Based Journey To Health: An Interview With Richard Hubbard

A Plant Based Journey To Health Book By Richard Hubbard

During this interview Richard shares his personal journey of switching to a fully plant- based diet. He will share what motivated him to make that change, along with the health benefits he experienced. Quite challenging at the start, Rich ultimately found great success embracing this lifestyle change.

Richard Hubbard is the web master for Housatonic Community College, having worked there for 10 years. He recently published the book "A Plant Based Journey To Health”, having himself lost 150 pounds with a plant based diet. As a health enthusiast, he completed two half marathons in the past two years.

Publication: A Plant Based Journey To Health. Amazon: December 2020

Video will be shown from April 9th through April 22nd.

An inside look at the greening of Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes

The environment and sustainability are top priorities at Pitney Bowes, watch how they practice what they preach.

Video will be shown from April 9th through April 22nd.

PlantsBirdhouseOn Campus Celebration of Earth Day
A Day of Action, Growing Gardens and Birdhouses


  • Exclusively for HCC students on campus
  • April 21st and April 22nd from 11-3 in the courtyard
  • Students will be painting birdhouses and potting seedlings.

Earth Day Film

The Biggest Little FarmCelebrate Earth Day this year with an award-winning film: The Biggest Little Farm. With breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, the film provides a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet. Presented by Housatonic Museum of Art, the FREE screening will take place online on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd - 24th.

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

“This poignant nature documentary follows the Chesters’ journey to return to the land and run an organic, biodynamic farm. As viewers, we get a front row seat to the ups and downs of agricultural life and a new appreciation for the ecosystems that farms establish,” said Robbin Zella, Director, Housatonic Museum of Art.

The film is part of a virtual Earth Day Celebration presented by Housatonic Community College. A special thanks to Connecticut Film Festival for organizing this screening, and to Pitney Bowes, Avangrid, and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company for their support of Housatonic Community College’s STEAM programs and Earth Day presentation.

Click on the video below for the trailer!


Earth Day Acknowledgements

Special thanks to Pitney Bowes, Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin and Avangrid for supporting students at Housatonic Community College and helping to advance their knowledge and skills in STEAM.

Avangrid

Sikorsky

Pitney Bowes

Housatonic Community College Foundation


Earth Day Posters

  • A Day of Action - Growing Gardens and Building Birdhouses - Madagascar Day Gecko
  • A Day of Action - Growing Gardens and Building Birdhouses - Greater Double Collared Sunbird
  • A Day of Action - Growing Gardens and Building Birdhouses - Butterflies
  • A Day of Action - Growing Gardens and Building Birdhouses - Pollination
  • A Day of Action - Growing Gardens and Building Birdhouses - Hummingbirds
  • A Day of Action - Growing Gardens and Building Birdhouses - Long Nosed Bat

Earth Day Student Artwork


Artwork by Michelle Huh



Artwork by Aeemay Dabiran


Please contact Professor Janet Yarrow, Coordinator of Earth Day 2021 for more information on this event at .

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