Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Brian Donahue

Secretary of the Board; Associate Professor, Brandeis University

Brian is an associate professor of American environmental studies on the Jack Meyerhoff Fund at Brandeis University, and environmental historian at Harvard Forest. He teaches courses on environmental issues, environmental history, and sustainable farming and forestry. Brian holds a BA, MA, and Ph.D. from the Brandeis program in the History of American Civilization. He co-founded and for 12 years directed Land’s Sake, a nonprofit community farm in Weston, Massachusetts, and serves today on the Weston Conservation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee. He sits on several other boards including the Thoreau Farm Trust, Battle Road Farms, and The Land Institute. For three years he was Director of Education at The Land Institute. Brian is author of Reclaiming the Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town (Yale University Press, 1999), which was awarded the book prize from the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. He also wrote The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord (Yale Press, 2004), which won book prizes from the New England Historical Association, the Agricultural History Society, and the American Society for Environmental History. His latest publication is American Georgics: Writings on Farming, Culture and the Land (Yale Press, 2011), an anthology co-edited with Edwin Hagenstein and Sara Gregg. He is also a former education director for The Land Institute.

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