Part of our Encounter Creation series includes a Sunday morning speaker series at 10:05 in the Modern Sanctuary. We’ve got poets, farmers, physicists, beekeepers, a mountain climber, and other people lined up to talk about creation, our role in it, and ways you can get involved this summer.

June Schedule:

June 2: Robert Ballard, Camp Creek Native Plants
Camp Creek Native Plants is a family owned and operated business specializing in the production of native wildflowers, vines, shrubbery and ferns of the Eastern United States.  Robert Ballard is a horticulturist with 40 years of practical and professional experience in landscape design and nursery production.  His passion for native plants and their critical roles in sustaining ecosystems is the driving force behind the company.  Joining him are his wife Nannette, and his youngest son, Andrew.

June 9: Josh Gladden, Vice Chancellor of Research, University of Mississippi
Dr. Josh Gladden is the University of Mississippi’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs. He is the spokesperson for research and sponsored programs divisions which work to facilitate research and research funding as well as providing support for all funded projects at UM. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from the University of the South (Sewanee, TN) and the University of Montana, respectively and was a post-doctoral fellow in Mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University in 2003-2005. He and his wife Nicole and their children Chase, Camille, and Josephine are OU members.

June 16: Connie Hunter, City of Oxford Recycling Outreach and Educator

OU member Connie Hunter joined the City of Oxford team in October 2017 after retiring from her teaching position. As recycling educator, she visits schools and talks to classes about what, how, and why we recycle as well as helps plan and promote special recycling events. The City of Oxford Recycling Department works closely with the University of Mississippi and the Office of Sustainability.

June 23: Betsy Chapman, Oxford Community Market
Oxford Community Market is a weekly Mississippi Certified Farmers Market with a mission to make healthy, local food more accessible to all people in our community, especially those facing barriers of cost and transportation. The Oxford Community Market addresses food insecurity in Oxford. Its goal is to increase access to fresh food for local and regional community members. The Community Market connects growers and producers with customers, delivering affordable, regionally grown and nutritious foodstuffs. The Community Market promotes better health, social awareness, and public dialogues that drive a sustainable economic system for vendors, customers, the market, and the communities we serve.

June 30: Sam McLemore, Bountiful Harvest Farms
Bountiful Harvest Farms was started by Sam and Isabel McLemore in the spring of 2011 in Starkville, Mississippi. What started with a desire to grow vegetables for their family turned into a new career for Sam and an adventure to grow vegetables for the Starkville area. Bountiful Harvest Farms are Certified Naturally Grown, which is a farmer-to-farmer certification following National Organic Program practices.