Chris Willie of Rainforest Alliance will be the guest speaker at the Clackamas County Master Gardener meeting Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie.

He will speak on rainforests and how they are nature’s most exuberant gardens. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The Rainforest Alliance certifies farms that meet rigorous standards for environmental protection, worker rights and benefits, pollution and waste management, implementation of advanced IPM techniques and eco-friendly ways to increase yields.

Willie will share how many of the techniques are used to get coffee, banana, cocoa, tea and other tropical farms on the path toward sustainability.

Willie and his wife, Diane Jukofsky, helped launch the Rainforest Alliance 25 years ago.

Now the nonprofit is active in 100 countries and dedicated to conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods by transforming land use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

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