Duncan Hilchey, an agriculture professor and consultant that I first met at Cornell, has worked with Fermata on a recent project in the South Mountain region of Pennsylvania. Duncan’s interest is the notion of Gout de Terroir – the taste of the earth. Duncan’s studies have extended from the green chiles of Hatch (New Mexico) to the grapes of northwestern Pennsylvania and New York. Although the term is most often applied to wines (special tastes only being available from specific regions), Duncan has expanded this to include foods that are placed-based as well (see this two-part report for details).
Fermata’s Ted Eubanks spoke at the 2009 Wings & Wetlands Birding Festival held in Great Bend, Kansas, April 24-26. While at the festival he celebrated (with hundreds of attendees) the opening of the new Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms. Finally, Ted spent part of Sunday touring (and photographing) the installation sites for many of the Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway interpretive panels designed by Fermata.