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Cerridwen Farm is a student-motivated campus farm that integrates experiential learning into a liberal arts education. The agricultural products we provide to Green Mountain College and the local community demonstrate our commitment to soil health, animal welfare, food justice, and the needs of future generations.
- Cerridwen Farm is operated with the physical and mental prowess and inspiration of students with guidance from administrative and faculty mentorship. Under the leadership of the farm manager students are involved in making the farm possible through a variety of ways:
Sustainable Farming & Food Systems majors use the farm as a way to practice, apply, and explore what they learn in the classroom (experiential learning).
Farm Crew members are students who provide the labor under the guidance of the farm manager and paid student chore managers. They are also included in the important (and not-so important) decision making processes that happen on the farm allowing for greater transparency and achievement of goals.
Students body members have made it clear that as a conscious environmental liberal arts college we should make efforts to support the best practices for promoting sustainability and environmental health. The farm’s mission and activities are appreciated and supported by the greater community as a way to help address these ideas and reduce our impact as well as set an example for others.
- The farm provides opportunities for all GMC students to get hands on experience on the college’s campus. These opportunities are many and diverse. See our education web graphic for more information!
- Cerridwen provides a diverse range of vegetables to the campus dining hall, our CSA members, and the local community at markets. The farm also produces animal products such as: raw milk, eggs, pork, beef, and flowers.
- “Also referred to as soil quality, is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. This definition speaks to the importance of managing soils so they are sustainable for future generations. To do this, we need to remember that soil contains living organisms that when provided the basic necessities of life - food, shelter, and water - perform functions required to produce food and fiber.” (USDA)
- Unlike large-scale “factory” farming which takes an anthropocentric view of animals, treating them like machines; we recognize the importance of all the animals that we work with from a systems perspective were everything is equal in value. We have AWA certifications and are working towards more.
- “Food Justice is communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food. Healthy food is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate, and grown locally with care for the well-being of the land, workers, and animals. People practicing food justice leads to a strong local food system, self-reliant communities, and a healthy environment.” (http://www.justfood.org/food-justice)
- Green Mountain College and Cerridwen Farm are working to provide education and expertise that will benefit future generations of people, animals, and land.