ADE 3007 Winter Mountain Travel students braved -10°F in the heart of the Adirondack Park the weekend of March 10, 2018. Deep cold and low humidity made for extraordinarily starry skies. The students are to be commended for their skills, resilience, and service to one another.
Join the Poultney community for the annual Maplefest Celebration, March 24th & 25th, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fun activities include:
- Breakfast with the Easter Bunny (sponsored by the Poultney Women’s Club)
- 5K Fun Run (sponsored by Donna Johnson Physical Therapy)
- Big Craft Fair from 10 a.m.–3p.m. | Vendors & Crafters Sign Up Here
- Horse & Wagon Rides
- Story Hour at the Poultney Public Library
- Sap Raffle
- Sap Bucket Silent Auction held on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Poultney American Legion Post #39. Come bid on sap bucket masterpieces from local artists of the 2018 Sap Bucket Challenge. Funds will benefit both Rotary and Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill.
- Special Foods
- Maple Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at the Young at Heart Senior Center
- Pictures with our own Sugar Bear
We will also be announcing a Sugar Bear Prince and Princess at the Official Tree Tapping that’ll be held on Green Mountain College’s Lawn.
Ten GMC students, along with Dr. Valorie Titus (Natural Resources Management) volunteered their spring break time in South Carolina at the Francis Marion National Forest, joining researchers from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (ARC, a division of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation). This dream team of wildlife rockstars included Golden Boardley, Olivia Broadrick, Bailey Fluet, Seth Heirs, Caele Gardella, Julia Gosslein, Christian Owens, Kyle Patterson, Izzy Schmidt, and Mariena Sciarra.
The GMC crew were responsible for assisting with wildlife surveys, particularly for reptiles and amphibians, in wetlands and post-burn longleaf pine habitat. While the weather was chilly, the crew were able to observe a number of species, including the tracking of an eastern diamondback rattlesnake, a large male that has been part of the research in the FMNF for over a year.
A little rain didn’t stop the fun, as they were able to observe a number of amphibian species that are difficult to find during dry times. The students also added a small monetary donation to ARC at the end of the trip to help with some of the many project expenses. This is the 3rd year that Dr. Titus has taken students to assist with this project, and keep getting invited back. Dr. Titus plans to return spring break next year.
Black Lives Matter VT, is a non-violent, grass roots organization, motivated by hope for a better world through empowerment and voice. My Sister’s Keeper Challenge, 2nd edition “Listen, Learn, Mobilize” is a 3 day event taking place at Green Mountain College Friday, March 23, 2018, 5:00 PM–Sunday, March 25, 2018, 8:00 PM.
This event is free and open to the public.
Over spring break, on March 5, 2018, Bill Throop, Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, gave a presentation at the Natural History Institute in Prescott, AZ entitled Restoration Ecology: Goal Setting, Climate Change, and the Significance of History.
Throop maintained that the practice of ecological restoration engages us in deliberation about who we should be in relation to evolving systems. Some have argued that climate change compromises the traditional aims of restoration and requires us to design and manage ecosystems for our new warmer context. Throop argued that the moral reasons for ecological restoration should make us wary of abandoning the traditional aims of restoration and that we should still use historical reference conditions in goal-setting. The audience included many of our Ecoleague friends from Prescott College.
Frank Ward, professor of photography at Holyoke Community College will be speaking and showing his photographs to the COM 1030 Documentary Studies class Thursday, March 15th at 2:30pm in Bogue #17. All are welcome.
Frank is best known for his work “The Drunken Bicycle—Travels in the Former Soviet Union”and his books “Curious Footprints” and “Lost in Siberia”. He has photographed throughout Central Asia, Tibet, India, Bosnia, Egypt and Cuba.
In 2012 he was a Cultural Envoy in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan for the US Department of State. In 2011 he received the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for my photography in the former Soviet Union.
The GMC Alumni Office and The Killington School of Resort Management invites alumni, current students, faculty, family and friends of Green Mountain College to the GMC Alumni Ski and Ride & Après Ski event at Killington! Register for your lift tickets and for the Après Ski food and drink afterward.
8:00–11:00 a.m. Ticket pick up and complimentary breakfast at the GMC Killington Campus “The Lodge” (2500 Killington Road, Killington, VT)
3:00–6:00 p.m. Après Ski at the Long Trail Pub in Snowshed Lodge at Killington Resort (4763 Killington Rd, Killington, VT)
February 26th–March 2nd, 2018. Join one of our scheduled events to learn about invasive species and support the college in its efforts to remove these species from the Natural Area.
Invasive Species have contributed directly to the decline of 42% of the threatened and endangered species in the United States (US Forest Service). No type of habitat or region is immune from the threat of invasive species. Invasive species damage the lands and waters that native flora and fauna need to survive.
Tuesday 27th, 2018 – GMC Natural Area Invasive Walk
11am meeting out on the soccer field
Wednesday 28th, 2018 – Invasive poster/spot the invasive table game
5pm in the Withey Lobby
Thursday 1st, 2018 – Invasive species lecture and discussion
4pm in the East Room
For more information contact Cody Ferlow: cody.ferlow[at]greenmtn.edu
Anthony Deiter is a storyteller and artist, employing painting, sculpture, 3-D digital animation and other computer technologies to communicate the story of North America’s Aboriginal people through references to his own history. Join Anthony on Monday, February 26 at 7pm in the East Room for ‘Who I am’ – A First Nation’s Introspective Journey and Story.
Anthony comes from the Plains Cree Nation of Saskatchewan, Canada. He will present ‘Who I am’ using archival photos, documentary archives, photography and artwork as a book and a legacy of his people.
This event and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kevin Bubriski: bubriskik[at]greenmtn.edu.
Green Mountain College is delighted to welcome Dr. Barbara Gemmill-Herren as the Visiting Scholar for the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) Residency and Sustainable Food Systems Solutions Symposium from February 21-24. Dr. Gemmill-Herren will deliver a public keynote entitled, Implementing Agroecological Solutions (on the Wings of Pollinators) at 7pm on Feb. 21st in Ackley Hall, with welcoming remarks from Dr. Robin Currey, Director of the MSFS Program. This event will be livestreamed, and the general public is welcome to attend.
Livestream this event at www.youtube.com/user/GreenMtnCollege.
In addition to sharing her expertise on pollination services, agroecology, and ecosystem services throughout the three-day Sustainable Food Systems Solutions Symposium, Dr. Gemmill-Herren will offer a special three-hour workshop to GMC graduate and undergraduate students on “Elements of Agroecological Knowledge: What We Know, What We Need to Learn,” in which she will be joined by her husband Dr. Hans Herren, also an internationally renowned agroecology expert.
Until she retired in 2015, Dr. Gemmill-Herrin was Delivery Manager for the Major Area of Work on Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). She was previously director of Environment Liaison Centre International, international environmental non-governmental organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Within the FAO, she built and coordinated a global project on Pollination Services, implemented in Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, India, Pakistan and Nepal. In her last five years at FAO, she has been responsible for FAO’s work on Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Production, and has been central to FAO’s new focus on Agroecology.
Since leaving FAO, she has been a contributor to the UN initiative on “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food” – exploring True Cost Accounting in Agriculture – and has led the “Beacons of Hope” initiative of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. This initiative seeks to develop a framework bringing together evidence and stories of transitions towards more sustainable food and agriculture systems. She is currently a senior associate of the World Agroforestry Center. She and her husband Hans live on their small farm in Capay Valley, California where they aim to intercrop an indigenous breed of sheep with wine grapes.
Notable among her many projects and publications in agroecology is the “Agroecology Knowledge Hub,” an ongoing collaborative project that has broad international support and participation (see http://www.fao.org/agroecology/knowledge/10-elements/en/ ). A comprehensive overview of her work may be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Barbara_Gemmill-Herren.
More detailed information about the MSFS Residency and the Sustainable Food Systems Solutions Symposium may be found here: