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Compassion Club: Nurturing the Compassion of High School Girls Through Activism Paperback – December 18, 2012
About the Author
Kelle Kersten is a humane educator, organic farmer and inspector, youth worker, and activist for sustainable communities. For many years Kelle participated as an educator in the Sierra Club’s True Cost of Food Campaign, which is a consumer education program aimed at promoting sustainable food choices. She organized a day of workshops on topics related to sustainable agriculture for high school students at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s 2009 and 2010 Farming for the Future Conferences. For three years Kelle ran a summer camp for children and youth with the purpose of enhancing the connection of young people with the earth, plants, animals, and each other and of teaching ways of maintaining these interconnections in the midst of materialistic and individualistic influences. Kelle completed a Master’s Degree in Humane Education in 2010. Kelle has over 15 years experience as an organic farmer and currently manages a small market garden. Since 2004 she has been an organic farm inspector. In 2008 she began to inspect organic processors. Kelle has over 9 years of experience working with troubled children and youth. She worked as a tutor at a state juvenile justice youth camp for teenage boys in the mountains of western Maryland and presented lessons on plants, animals, and ecology. Kelle worked as a child care worker/counselor at a group home for pre-adolescent and adolescent boys near Allentown, PA, where she coordinated an organic gardening program with the Rodale Institute for three years and served as Cub Scout leader for two years. She regularly planned environmental education activities for the boys. Most recently she worked as a relief counselor at Centre County Youth Services Bureau’s residential facilities in State College, PA. Since 2007 she has participated in the Big Brother Big Sister program as a Big Sister to two girls. In the past Kelle served as a board member of the School of Living, which is an educational organization and community land trust that supports the development of sustainable communities. She is also co-founder of Ahimsa Village, an evolving vegan homestead and permaculture demonstration site located near State College, PA, which was established in 2005. Kelle regularly practices meditation. She also is an avid hiker, enjoying the beauty of the central Pennsylvania Mountains surrounding her home. She shares her homestead with her husband Bob, cat Olivia, and six pet chickens.