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Pasture Day (spring Hill), Connecticut Agricultural College

Pasture Day (spring Hill), Connecticut Agricultural College. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1928. From the UConn Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

Famed chef to address May graduates

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David Bouley will be the CAHNR commencement speaker on May 6.

Award-winning New York chef and restaurateur, David Bouley, will speak at CAHNR’s May 6 undergraduate commencement ceremonies. Bouley’s rise to fame started near Storrs, where he was born and raised. “The values of New England became my early core of standards,” Bouley said in his acceptance letter to UConn’s President Susan Herbst.

Life on his grandparents’ farm and his French heritage gave Bouley an appreciation for healthful meals and fresh ingredients, which he retains to this day. The goals and results of his approach to food and health will figure prominently in his speech to about 1,000 CAHNR graduates and their guests.

In addition, Bouley will receive a doctorate of humane letters, honoris causa, from UConn at commencement. As an example of how Bouley meets the criteria of the honorary degree, Herbst said in her communication with him, “As a chef and catalyst for creative change in the kitchen, you have demonstrated the courage of your convictions to offer fresh foods that are culturally diverse and that can promote improved health.”

“The acceptance of an award like this from my hometown has deep confirming ties,” he said. This comment comes from a decorated man. Bouley’s restaurant ventures have garnered a Michelin Star, several James Beard Foundation awards, a 2015 best restaurant in (more…)

Image of the week: City of Hartford recognizes work of Natural Resources Conservation Academy student

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Left to right: Associate Extension Professor Thomas Worthley, City of Hartford Fire Chief Reginald Freeman, Naieem Kelly, City of Hartford Arborist Heather Dionne.

Now in its sixth year, UConn’s Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) has worked with more than 115 teens throughout Connecticut on ten-month individual conservation projects that have directly benefited their local community and environment. NRCA students present their conservation work to more than 300 environmental professionals at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources and graduate from the program as Connecticut Conservation Ambassadors.

On Monday, April 3, the City of Hartford Public Works Department and the Tree Advisory Commission presented a certificate of excellence to Naieem Kelly, a sophomore at Watkinson School and NRCA student, for his commitment to natural resource conservation and the sustainable use of the environment. Kelly partnered with Heather Dionne, City of Hartford arborist; Herb Virgo of Keney Park Sustainability; and Tom Worthley of UConn Extension and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment to quantify the monetary value of urban trees and develop a plan to re-purpose wood from diseased or dying trees. He put his plan into action by constructing a reclaimed wood bench from a dead ash tree in Hartford’s Bushnell Park.

Kelly’s bench is on display at Hartford City Hall through April, after which it will be relocated to Bushnell Park with a plaque describing the importance of urban trees. Kelly plans to expand on his urban forestry project through his participation in UConn’s NRCA Conservation Training Partnerships program this upcoming summer.

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Rededication Of 1916 Class Tree For B.T. Avery, North Of Storrs Hall, Connecticut Agricultural College

Rededication Of 1916 Class Tree For B.T. Avery, North Of Storrs Hall, Connecticut Agricultural College. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1921. From the UConn Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

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UConn Sugar House

CAHNR’s Forestry Club at one of the last maple syrup boils of the 2017 season. (Kevin Noonan / UConn CAHNR photo)

UConn Sugar House

Uconn maple syrup (Kevin Noonan / UConn CAHNR photo)