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Kyle Hence, Social Responsibility and Community Farming, June 3, 2014

“There is no joy equal to that of being able to work for all humanity and doing what you’re doing well.” Buckminster Fuller

Kyle Hence discusses how his father and mother influenced him. His father who was out going and gregarious introduced him to the writings and philosophies of Buckminster Fuller when he was 17 years old. “My mom taught me to stand up for what’s right.” Kyle then explains how the events of 9/11 and our countries reaction “shook me up.”  This caused him to create the documentary film 9/11 Pressed for Truth. Kyle educates us about some of the teachings of “Bucky” Fuller. “If you see something that needs to be done that no one is doing and you feel the calling step up.” We have to work together in community to fulfill our basic needs. “There is a fundamental abundance for everyone, food, clothing, shelter.”   ” Kyle is now focusing on food and has established a community farming project, “Sustainable Aquidneck.”  He reports that Rhode Island is leading the country in the growth of small farms. There are many people in this country who don’t have enough to eat. There is a  a silent, invisible famine taking place. Kyle relays a story about a Newport food pantry and soup kitchen that reported a 20% increase monthly in those that they served a few years ago. Kyle believes this need has not changed. He then describes the concept of Biodynamic farming created by Rudolf Steiner.

Kyle believes it is important that we all do our own “inner work”, “heal the wounds of the past.” We will then have more to give to others, “for me it’s about taking personal responsibility” and improving our communities. Let us all turn to Kyle as a role model, “Celebrate your gifts and bring those gifts to the world.”

Kyle and BodyZen Massage & Spa are hosting author Jehanne De Quillan as she discusses her book The Gospel of the Beloved Companion, The Complete Gospel of Mary Magdalene on June 28th. Jehanne is also teaching a workshop on The Principles and Practice of Meditation on June 27th. To learn more about these events you can contact Kyle at kylehence@earthlink.net, Phone: 401-935-7715 or on Facebook, BodyZen Massage & Spa . 


Kyle Hence

Kyle is co-founder and president of Sustainable Aquidneck, a Newport non-profit working toward sustainability on Aquidneck Island. Sustainable Aquidneck has established a community farm in Middletown on 8 acres leased from the local land trust.

Kyle is a frequent contributor to ecoRI News, Rhode Island’s environmental news source, and recently joined the staff of the City weekly, Newport This Week.

To whatever he undertakes, Kyle brings a broad set of skills derived from experiences as a sailor, photographer, documentary filmmaker and citizen watchdog. He ran Newport’s adaptive sailing program Shake-A-Leg for several years. Kyle produced the 2006 documentary “9/11: Press for Truth” distributed globally and featuring the widowed Jersey Girls.

Kyle was 2011 Van Beuren Charitable Foundation fellow with the Social Venture Partners of Rhode Island in their “Change Accelerator” program. He subsequently organized the Food & Farming Community Forum to support the community food movement which led to his co-founding Sustainable Aquidneck. Kyle was a founding member of “The Change Place,” a social venture incubator founded by SE Greenhouse. He calls Aquidneck Island his home.

Email: kylehence@earthlink.net

Phone: 401-935-7715