Beth Waterhouse
Adding the Power of Story and Poetry to Environmental Causes

Consults for environmental groups as writer / editor.

• Edited the Minnesota Project journal/newsletter, (1992-2007) Community Connections featuring story and poetry on rural community life and environmental issues.

Wrote an internal report for the Minnesota DNR, assessing their willingness and ability to work with local citizenry. Interviewed 32 individuals, summer of 1998.

Wrote That Mystery Between Knowing and Acting, a collection of five personal essays about environmental motivation. spring 2000, self-published by the Collaborative for Watershed Sustainability, IATP.

Wrote a chapter for The Farm as Natural Habitat, edited by Dana and Laura Jackson, published by Island Press, April of 2002. My chapter – “A Refined Taste in Natural Objects” addresses environmental motivation.

Remembering the Art of Farming – a writing and story-gathering project producing stories later featured in the Fillmore County Journal, summer of 2001. Project supported by the Surdna Foundation.

Renewing the Countryside – writing and editing for a beautiful full-color photo book telling 43 success stories of rural community enterprises and local creative efforts in Minnesota. 2001 – softcover / hardcover / 160 pp.

Time, Soil, and Children – a 52 pp collection of stories and photos featuring the second generation of sustainable farm families in Minnesota. Published by M.I.S.A / U of MN, 2004.

Cultivating Leaders for a Changing Agriculture—A Harvest of Stories – a 50 pp collection of stories following the shared leadership program by this same name. Published by the Institute for Conservation Leadership, April of 2005.

Beth writes poetry and personal essay, often motivated by Nature. See samples.
Poetry chapbook, Home Again and Again, 2001.


She also taught Environmental Ethics at the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources, a writing-intensive course for undergraduate students. Fall semesters. 2001-07.