About Laura Parker Roerden

Laura Parker Roerden is the founder and director of Ocean Matters, a nonprofit that brings young people ages 15+ to perform service projects on scuba to help save threatened marine resources. She is also a fourth generation farmer. Laura has consulted to many different educational outreach projects that develop social responsibility in young people including the school bullying prevention project Operation Respect founded by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary; Ben & Jerry’s Peace Pop campaigns; and projects by the National Basketball Associations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Pokemon USA to name a few. She is the former managing editor of New Designs for Youth Development magazine and former publisher/managing editor at Educators for Social Responsibility. She is the author of numerous articles and books about the social, emotional, and ethical development of young people and has keynoted at several events including Blue Mind 3 and the Tea for the Sea at Mote Aquarium. Laura serves on the boards of Women Working for Oceans, an affiliate of the New England Aquarium, and Earth Ltd. of Southwicks Zoo. She is also a member of the Pleiades Network: A Constellation of Women Working in Sustainability and lives on Jo-Erl Farm, a fifth generation family farm in Massachusetts, with her husband, three boys, and an assortment of fruit trees and farm animals. groupshot  

What would it take for us to really care about the earth? What does it look like? And what do we gain? What have we lost in our disconnection? In my work with young people through Ocean Matters and on our farm, I find these questions endless fascinating and complex. Join me in exploring what it means to truly belong to our earth.

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Salt from the Earth
A Way of Life

by Laura Parker Roerden “Farming is a way of life,” was one of my father’s oft repeated phrases. Sometimes he used it to explain why he still farmed in a year when he didn’t make any money or when the work demanded more of him than any sane person would give, like during haying season when he’d rise […]

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A Separate Peace

Welcoming Lulu by Laura Parker Roerden Last week the ordinary stuttered into extraordinary: our first lamb was born. My eldest son Eli delivered the news in a phone call to me when he went to the barn to close up the animals. “Mom, I think there’s someone here you’ll want to meet,” he simply said, without offering […]

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Losing Ground

by Laura Parker Roerden I saw a pair of ducks this afternoon, a male and female mallard. A hard, northwest wind had just begun to bow the smaller pines; clouds were gathering as the sky suddenly became a drop ceiling. A storm was coming down the river. The ducks seemed stalwart against the wind, though you […]

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The Bluebirds are Back

And Other Good News by Laura Parker Roerden I was drinking coffee while doing chores in the dairy barn this morning when the vet, Rosario, showed up. “Thank you for coming!” I said, stepping out into the frigid air to greet her, clutching my mug to warm my hands. Rosario looked up to introduce herself, offered an outstretched hand, and hit […]

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Warm Eggs in My Pockets

by Laura Parker Roerden For the last several days, I have been collecting eggs for our incubator. It’s a spring task that a hardened criminal could get behind. Since only still warm eggs can be successfully hatched, my morning chore requires sorting eggs by their temperature.  It’s blustery and snowing here at the farm, so […]

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