MSFS Scholar-in-Residence and international authority on sustainable agriculture Fred Kirschenmann will be on GMC's campus this week as part of the MSFS residency program.

Scholar in Residence Fred Kirschenmann to Speak at GMC
At heart, Fred Kirschenmann is a farmer-he still runs a 2600-acre family farm in North Dakota. Ever since the 1970s, when he converted the farm to a certified organic operation, he began thinking deeply about sustainability of agriculture as it is practiced today.

His inquiry led to several decades of research, study and experimentation, and today Kirschenmann is an internationally-known advocate for land ethics and sustainable agriculture. He is the first scholar in residence for Green Mountain College's new Master's of Sustainable Food Systems program and will speak at the Gorge (Withey Hall) at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 13. The title of his talk is "Two Food Stories: Which Path Will We Take?" The event is free and open to the public, and Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross will be present to welcome Dr. Kirschenmann and the new students in the MSFS program.

"We now have essentially two proposals in our culture," Kirschenmann says. "The first is the 'industrial story,' which suggests what we need to do to meet the challenges ahead is to further intensify the path we have taken for the past half-century-essentially 'greening up' the green revolution."

The other story, according to Kirschenmann, is that the industrial model is now bankrupt, and the driving point of his talk is that we need to fundamentally redesign our food systems using ecological principles.

Kirschenmann points out that much of what made modern agriculture possible is based on mild, stable climate conditions and cheap oil. "Neither of these prerequisites now exist," he says. Most energy economists expect that oil prices will continue to rise dramatically in future decades. Meanwhile, freshwater resources are declining-Kirschenmann says much of the food grown worldwide is dependent on irrigation instead of direct rainfall.

"Eighty percent of China's grain is dependent on irrigation. The Chinese are drawing down their groundwater resources at a rate of about 10 feet per year," he said.

Ultimately, Kirschmann's message is a hopeful one. Renewable energy technologies and thoughtful water management policies can lead to a new age of mid-to large-scale farming that can provide a healthy and sustainable food systems.

Kirschenmann is a Distinguished Fellow in philosophy and religious studies in the Leopold Center at Iowa State University department of religion and philosophy. He was a member of the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production operated by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and funded by Pew Charitable Trusts. He has completed a five-year term on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Standards Board and has chaired the administrative council for the USDA's North Central Region's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.

Green Mountain College's new master's degree in sustainable food systems prepares future leaders in the burgeoning food movement with a graduate level interdisciplinary understanding of sustainable agricultural production and a deep knowledge of the economic, ecological, and social forces driving food systems. The degree program is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges and is designed to provide students with the skills to conduct in-depth interdisciplinary investigations into the complex arena of their own bioregional food systems.



Windham Grant Supports Commercial Kitchen
Green Mountain College has received a $10,000 grant from The Windham Foundation to provide new food processing equipment for the Solar Harvest Center’s commercial kitchen. The purchase of small appliances and wares will allow the kitchen to offer services to farmers, producers and community groups that are not available elsewhere in Rutland County.

Renovation of the kitchen, which included a ten-burner, two-oven Garland range, a commercial dishwasher, a three-bay sink, and a commercial-scale refrigerator, was completed last February. After trial uses by community groups, certain essential items were identified as lacking including commercial-quality pots and pans, sheet trays, high quality knives, cutting boards, bowls, mixers, food processing equipment, scales and a cryovac machine.

“This funding is really essential to getting the most out of the kitchen facilities,” said Garland Mason, who is the new agricultural markets research associate at the College. “When fully-equipped, the kitchen will be a great resource for local food entrepreneurs to process fresh food efficiently and get their products to the marketplace.”

Before renovation of the Solar Harvest Center kitchen, the closest commercial kitchen available for rent was 25 miles away from Poultney and over state lines in Salem, N.Y. This had legal implications for Vermont producers wishing to create specialty products in a commercially certified space because products were subject to stricter New York State laws, which limit cottage industry and food entrepreneurship and innovation. The CCK also provides the opportunity for small-scale processors to exceed the $10,000 limit of gross-annual income earned from the sale of food products processed outside of a commercially-certified kitchen, as regulated by the Vermont Department of Health.



Women's Basketball Hosts 'Play4Kay' Event
Green Mountain College’s women’s basketball team will host a special event on February 14, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. as the team competes against Lyndon State College. The game will help recognize a Play 4Kay initiative as the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and its supporters make a difference in the fight against women’s cancers. Play 4Kay is a unified effort of a nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness and funds for cancer research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond!

The late Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach, served as the catalyst to this initiative after her third recurrence of breast cancer in 2006. Since its inception, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has allocated $2.3M in research grants to nationally, renowned cancer centers.

To support a cause that hits too close to home for us all, make an online donation and/or join a Play 4Kay team today. Your help will generate more awareness around the cause as well as raise dollars for research that will one day eradicate this disease.

To learn more, see the GMC page, or make a donation, click here.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

GreenMAP Trips and Sign-ups
Registration opens today, February 6, for a number of GreenMAP trips coming up in the next few weeks. The trips are:

Snowshoe Backpacking
Get some fresh air on this local snowshoe hike.
Leaders: S.J., Luca
Trip Date: February 22 (meet in GreenMAP at 4 p.m.)

Telemark Ski Clinic
Join GreenMAP’s PSIA telemark instructors and learn the joy of the telemark turn. Participants must have a ski pass or buy a lift ticket.
Leaders: Nick R.
Trip Date: February 22 (meet in GreenMAP at 10 a.m.)

Telemark Ski Clinic
Join GreenMAP’s PSIA telemark instructors and learn the joy of the telemark turn. Participants must have a ski pass or buy a lift ticket.
Leaders: Summer
Trip Date: February 29 (meet in GreenMAP at 10 a.m.)

Breadloaf Wilderness Backcountry Ski/Snowboard/Snowshoe
The Breadloaf Wilderness is located in a snow pocket east of Middlebury and contains some high and wild skiing and snowshoeing on and off trail. Skiers will wind their way through some excellent glades while snowshoers will enjoy the quiet classic wilderness on our way to the Skylight Pond cabin. Skiers need to be able to ski at an intermediate level.
Leaders: Luca, Anna, Scott
Pre-Trip Meeting: February 22, 8:30 p.m.
Trip Date: February 25 - 26

Sign up today in the GreenMAP office located next to the Student Life office in Withey basement.

Quality of Life Wellness Series: Joanna Tebbs Young
Join the Quality of Life committee on Tuesday, February 14 from 3:45 – 4:45 in Booth Lounge (Withey Hall) for a presentation titled Write Yourself to Wellness: Expressive Writing as a Practice as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Wellness Series.

Learn some basic journaling tools for self-discovery, self-confidence, and healing based on the works of Dr. Ira Progoff, Dr. James Pennebaker, and Kathleen Adams. Joanna Tebbs Young is a creative change coach and certified Journal to the Self instructor. Just bring pen, paper, and a willingness to trust the process!

Pre-Law Information Session
Interested in a career in law or policy? Have a 3.3 GPA? The pre-law program might be just what you need. GMC has students at top law and graduate schools in the U.S., and tend to be in the top of their classes. GMC graduates are also practicing lawyers right here in Vermont. Come learn more about the pre-law program and how it fits with any major this Wednesday, February 15 from 11 – 11:30 a.m. in Ames Lobby.

For more information, contact Sam Edwards at edwardss@greenmtn.edu.

Academic Skills Workshop: Test Taking and Study Skills: How to Show What You Know
Join the Learning Center this Wednesday, February 15 from 1 – 2 p.m. in the Special Collections Room in Griswold Library for a workshop on effective test taking. Students discuss the importance of preparing in advance for a test by identifying effective study and test taking practices.

Auditions for the Coffeehouse Cabaret
Musical acts, skits and sketches, monologues, slam poetry, and stand-up comedy is wanted for the Coffeehouse Cabaret! On Wednesday, February 15 from 1 – 2 p.m., bring your ideas and audition. Presentations should be five minutes long or less. This event is presented by Paula Mann’s Acting II class.

GMAT Study Group
Students studying for the Graduate Management Admissions Test are welcome to join this study group Wednesday, February 15 from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Special Collections Room of Griswold Library. The group is facilitated by Dan Riley ’12 and is sponsored by Career Services.

R.A. Interest Meeting
Join the R.A. staff in discussing the benefits of becoming an R.A. this Thursday, February 16 from 6 – 7 p.m. in Moses Lounge. Applications are available on MyGMC starting February 20, but paper copies will be available to attendees at this “early bird” meeting. Applications are due by March 2.

Ember Photo Slideshow
Join Vermont-based skiers and photographers Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson this Sunday, February 19 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge for an ever-evolving, multimedia slideshow titled Off Piste in the Northeast featuring the latest off-piste skiing adventures of the two photographers.

Mohr and Johnson are regular contributors to the outdoor and skiing media, including WEND, Outside, Powder, and Backcountry magazines. They also publish the northeast skiing website adventureskier.com.

Info Session for Summer Farm Intensive
Green Mountain College will be offering its acclaimed GMC Summer Farm Intensive from May 21-August 17 in 2012. Come to an information session to learn more about this 13-credit program based at Cerridwen Farm and the Solar Harvest Center on Monday, Feb. 20 from 7-8 p.m. in Ackley 334. The summer intensive program involves students in managing all elements of the farm’s operations while simultaneously providing a strong curricular foundation in sustainable agriculture focused on three core areas: the fundamentals of organic crop and animal management; efficient integration and management of highly-diverse farm systems; and development and utilization of appropriate technologies in agriculture with a focus on human and animal power.



FACULTY NOTES

  • On January 16, prof. Steven Letendre presented at the 2012 Vermont Woodchip and Pellet Heating Conference in Montpelier. His presentation was titled, "Journey to Climate Neutrality: GMC's Combined Heat and Power Plant." On January 31, Letendre participated in Vermont's inaugural meeting of Project Get Ready, a state-wide effort to prepare for the introduction of plug-in electric vehicles. Project Get Ready is a non-profit initiative led by Rocky Mountain Institute, in conjunction with a wide array of partners and technical advisers to help prepare America for clean, plug-in vehicles hitting the nation's automobile showrooms in increasing numbers. The meeting had representatives from Vermont state agencies, utility companies, academics, and consultants with an interest in electrifying the state's vehicle fleet.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Fred Kirschenmann at GMC
GMC Receives $10k Grant
GMC Basketball "Play4Kay"
Faculty Notes







Men's Basketball
2/14, 7:30 p.m. vs. Lyndon St.
2/16, 7:30 p.m. vs. Colby-Sawyer
2/18, 3 p.m. at New England Col.

Women's Basketball
2/14, 5:30 p.m. vs. Lyndon St.
2/16, 5:30 p.m. vs. Colby-Sawyer
2/18, 1 p.m. at New England Col.

WEEK AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13
HooPla
12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Open Chapel
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Pilates
3 - 4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Fred Kirschenmann Presentation
7 p.m., Gorge

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
7:30 - 9 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Open Chapel/Mystical Prayer
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
2 - 3:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Write Yourself to Wellness
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Gorge

Guided Meditation
4 - 4:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Murder Mystery Dinner
5:30 p.m., Gorge

Fire Spinning
8 - 9:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Open Stage Night
7:30 - 10 p.m.,
Moses Coffeehouse

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Pre-Law Information Session
11 a.m.,
Ames Lobby

Open Chapel/When We Pray
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Academic Skills Workshop:
Test Taking & Study Skills

1 - 2 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

Audition for the Coffeehouse Cabaret
1 - 2 p.m.,
Moses Lounge

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
3 - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Self-Defense
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance - Beginners
6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

GMAT Study Group
7 - 8 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance - Advanced
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
HooPla
12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Open Chapel
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Kripalu Yoga
5:15 - 6:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

R.A. Interest Meeting
6 - 7 p.m., Moses Lounge

Fire Spinning
8 - 9:30 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio

Pilates
8 - 9 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

Open Chapel
9 - 10 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Open Chapel/Celtic Prayer
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Kripalu Yoga
1 - 2:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Hip-Hop and Freestyle Dance
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Mr. & Ms. GMC
7 - 10 p.m.,
Gorge

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Contemporary Dance
12:30 - 3 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Ember Photo Slideshow
7 p.m., Gorge