"Neo-Homesteading in the Adirondack-North Country: Crafting a More Durable Landscape"

February 5, 2017



with Brett McLeoud

Free to members and students; $5 for non-members
This program takes place at 1:30 p.m. in the Adirondack Museum's auditorium.


Join Dr. Brett McLeod as he presents the history of homesteading in the Adirondacks along with his vision of neo-homesteading in the region. Standing in sharp contrast to traditional rural sustainability strategies that repeatedly focus on economic development or capital infusion as the sole means of revitalization, his research suggests a nested, bottom-up approach that capitalizes on the region's diverse and population of small farmers and neo-homesteaders. McLeod argues that, collectively, neo-homesteaders serve as an important catalyst in the construction of durable communities, and the promotion of working landscapes at the bioregional level. McLeod will also share examples of Adirondack homesteading innovations from his book, The Woodland Homestead: How to make your land more productive and live more self-sufficiently in the woods.

Dr. Brett McLeod is the International Paper Endowed Chair of Forestry Economics at Paul Smith's College. His work in natural resource economics has included US-AID sponsored work in the Dominican Republic, economic development work in southeast Alaska, and a variety of working landscape initiatives in the Adirondack-North Country. His Ph.D. work focused on the role of neo-homesteading as a tool for making more resilient rural communities. McLeod is also the author of the recently released book, The Woodland Homestead: How to Make Your Land More Productive and Live More Self-Sufficiently in the Woods, as well as a regular contributor to Northern Woodlands, Mother Earth News and The Journal of Northeast Agriculture. He has partnered with Franklin Country CCE for the last four years, co-producing the Adirondack Rural Skills & Homesteading Festival.


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