Lauret E. Savoy is a teacher, geologist, and writer. She has edited a number of books focused on human’s interaction with the natural world and to one another. Savoy served for two years as the director of Mount Holyoke’s Center for the Environment, and she is on the board of directors of the Center for Whole Communities. Savoy’s column appears in the on-line journal Terrain.org as “A Stone’s Throw.” In her book, The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World (Milkweed Editions, 2011, co-edited with Alison Hawthorne Deming) provocative essays weave diverse experiences of place to create a larger and more textured cloth than the largely monochromatic tradition of American nature writing or of the mainstream environmental movement.
New Place, Old Roots
HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS — In the 1960s and ’70s, Holyoke’s paper-mill industry and ﬂoodplain tobacco farms along the Connecticut River drew many immigrants who had grown up on farms in Puerto Rico. Continue reading