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Sharon, MA – Massachusetts environmentalist and Trustees of Reservations Farm Educator Wil Bullock is the recent recipient of a national conservation fellowship that will enable him to connect residents to the natural world around them.
Wil Bullock is one of 40 individuals nationwide selected as a 2010 TogetherGreen Fellow. Supported by a conservation alliance of Audubon and Toyota, the TogetherGreen Fellowship offers specialized training in conservation planning and execution, the chance to work and share best practices with gifted conservation professionals, and assistance with project outreach and evaluation. Each Fellow receives $10,000 towards a community-focused project to engage local residents in conserving land, water and energy, and contributing to greater environmental health.
With his fellowship, Bullock will be able to hire five new seasonal youth into the City Harvest Youth Corps program he currently runs for The Trustees of Reservations. By increasing the number of seasonal youth hired from 8 to 13, the total number of people touched will increase exponentially from 600 farmers’ market participants to 1,200, from 450 youth reached to 900, from 150 volunteers engaged to 300. The fellowship will also afford Bullock the chance to launch a youth-run CSA, increase field visits by local schools, expand the existing relationship with the Boston based Boys and Girls Clubs, and launch an annual sustainability workshop series.
With a total of 17 youth, Bullock’s program can move from Powisset Farm in Dover to The Bradley Estate in Canton, which is accessible by public transportation. This move would position the program to have a large impact in surrounding communities including Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury, Stoughton, and Brockton.
”The TogetherGreen Fellowship is going to allow me to use food as a vehicle to reconnect people to nature,” said Bullock. I’m committed to making sure that people, no matter where they come from, have access to open spaces and locally grown food.”
Bullock has been affiliated with The Trustees of Reservations since 2006. Half of the TogetherGreen Fellows come from within Audubon’s far-reaching national network; half channel their environmental efforts through other organizations.
Bullock considers himself living proof of the results that can be had from connecting urban communities to the land. He shares his city farming experience in speeches throughout North and South America, speaking to a wide range of audiences including Harvard University, Yale University, University of Connecticut, the Bioneers Conference, the Kellogg Food and Society Conference, the World Social Forum in Brazil, and 25 high schools and middle schools in 25 states. In 2005, Bullock became the youngest person to receive a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Fellowship. His work has also been honored by the Boston Neighborhood Fellow Award. Bullock studied at Rhode Island College and Roxbury Community College.
"TogetherGreen gives me optimism,” said Diane Wood, President, National Environmental Education Foundation, and TogetherGreen Advisory Board Member. "TogetherGreen Fellows are smart, passionate and representative of diverse communities. They bring vital new voices and perspectives into environmental conversations and are clearly ready to take on today's and tomorrow's ever more challenging conservation issues."
A complete list of the 2010 TogetherGreen Fellows can be found at www.TogetherGreen.org/fellows.
About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees are 100,000 members like you who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for, 104 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts. All Trustees reservations are open for the public to enjoy and range from working farms and historic homesteads – several of which are National Historic Landmarks – to formal gardens, barrier beaches, open meadows, woodland trails, mountain vistas, and a Gold LEED-certified green building in Leominster, the Doyle Center, which serves as a meeting space and gathering place for the conservation community. The Trustees also work to promote healthy, active, green communities around the state, by providing hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the history, nature, and culture of the Commonwealth. Most programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members. Accredited by the Land Trust Alliance, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. In addition to its many reservations spanning 26,000 acres, The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 19,000 additional acres (a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts), and have worked with community partners to assist in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres around the Commonwealth. One of the largest non-profits in the state of Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 152 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out more and/or become a member, please contact www.thetrustees.org.
Audubon and Toyota launched the five-year TogetherGreen initiative in 2008 to build the promise of a greener, healthier future through innovation, leadership and volunteerism. To date, 120 environmental leaders-half from within Audubon and half from outside organizations-have received TogetherGreen Fellowships to protect land, water, and energy resources nationwide. For more information, visit www.togethergreen.org.
Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages millions of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect and restore the natural world. Visit Audubon online at www.audubon.org.
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants, including one under construction. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.
Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $500 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.
For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/community.