GMC students Jenny Elder and Obadiah Mulder traveled with math professor Kenneth Mulder to Smith College in Massachusetts on Saturday, March 23, 2019 to attend the Hudson River Undergraduate Math Conference.
In addition to hearing a great keynote address on asymptotic series, Jenny gave a presentation on “The Comparison of Data Analysis Techniques for High Dimension Data Sets”, and Obadiah presented on “A Bayesian Analysis of Topographic Influences on the Presence and Severity of Beech Bark Disease”.
Abstracts of their talks are available here.
Ethan Lambert ‘21 is a sophomore studying Natural Resource Management, REED, and Animal Conservation and Care at Green Mountain College. Since moving to Vermont nearly two years ago from his hometown in New Jersey, Ethan has participated in a wide range of experiences to which he previously did not have access.
Ethan was drawn to the farm because he appreciates environments that promote community while maintaining a range of ongoing projects that allow him to be outside and active. His desire to get in touch with a different world not bound by cement and pavement attracted him to the campus farm community. This summer, Ethan works on Cerridwen Farm maintaining the CSA and Farm Store as well as providing support to workers in the high tunnels and Rainbow Acre.
Adventure Education students and faculty presented at the 2018 Vermont Walk Bike Summit: Blood, Sweat, & Gears: Cycling Based, College Service-Learning Projects that Promoted Human Health, Community Development, and Tourism.
GMC students Katherine Catania, Cecile Walsh, and Professor Andrew G. Bentley of Adventure Education, jointly designed and presented: Blood, Sweat, & Gears: Cycling Based, College Service-Learning Projects that Promoted Human Health, Community Development, and Tourism, at the May 4th 2018 Vermont Walk Bike Summit held in White River Junction, Vermont. The Summit brought together cycling advocacy groups, landscape architects and engineering firms, and regional planning commissioners to discuss the current trajectory of walking and bicycling activities nationally and in the state of Vermont, and plans for the future. [Read more…]
Students from the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems Program are presenting their Capstone Project/Thesis online starting April 17, 2018. All are welcome to join and learn about the great research that is taking place in the graduate program. Below is the webinar schedule and access details.
4/23/2018 at 1:00pm EDT
Food Systems Education: The Case For Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans in High Schools by Laura W. Carbonneau
Holistic food systems education is essential for inciting early passion and critical thinking on how to solve food systems problems. This capstone engages in the process of developing and integrating food systems lessons into core high school courses, without detracting from the core course curriculum. This project aims to equip high school students with the ability to engage in critical thinking about food systems, develop resilience through food literacy, and deepen their
understanding of the food systems with which they will soon become an active participant.
Food systems education is rarely addressed in current high school curricula. The development of the interdisciplinary lesson plans centers around issues of food justice and ethics, equity and access, and global food issues and security, and the pedagogies to creatively solve these problems. The participants in this study included both students and faculty at Southbridge High School*, a private boarding school. The lessons were developed within the context of an American History and American Literature course, but with the flexibility to be adopted and integrated as a part of the core curricula for these courses in other schools. The curricula was implemented in two eleventh grade classes in May of 2017. The student-assumed knowledge and interest increased after implementation and the teachers felt the lessons met the class goals and would implement them again. Ultimately, the development process revealed that integration of such content can be successfully implemented if time and resources allow for more thorough pre-implementation observation and co-teaching partnerships.
To join this webinar by computer: Visit https://greenmtn.webex.com/greenmtn/j.php?MTID=m4eb1054181e295e5d7ca714fb2061339 and enter password: 12345
To join this webinar by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0002 US Toll and enter meeting number (access code): 737 351 103
4/26/2018 at 10:00am EDT
Empowering youth through food: a pilot project focused on connecting students with food production through a school farm program by Cynthia Alexander
Becoming food literate and feeling comfortable with eating healthy foods are big steps toward reaching the goal of food security. A school farm program at Faith Baptist Christian Academy (FBCA) is the first step in connecting students and community members in supporting health, nutrition, agriculture, and local economy. Use of traditional, pallet and Hügelkultur raised beds, and ground rows have created an outdoor education center that provides unlimited opportunity for agricultural and environmental education.
Hands-on experience of planting, nurturing, harvesting, and eating food grown on school campus is a useful interactive way to enhance classroom curriculum of core subjects such as math, science, history, and literacy. Opportunities for physical activity increase social and emotional growth and development and reduce risk of childhood obesity and illnesses associated with poor diet. A school farm program presents additional opportunity for parent/child involvement. Increased gardening activities add value to FBCA as a school, as well as present opportunity for community collaboration.
Faithful Farm has become an integral part of FBCA. School administration and faculty are supportive and enjoying the fun and educational benefits a school farm provides. Unusually heavy rainfall from summer storms, a surprise winter snowfall, and a few personal injuries presented some obstacles and setbacks. However, these minor disappointments have not been discouraging. Spring and summer planting will transform the garden into an outdoor laboratory demonstrating biological processes of ornamental and edible plants, chemical changes during composting by microorganisms, and the true taste of fruits and vegetables allowed to mature naturally.
To join this webinar by computer: Visit https://greenmtn.webex.com/greenmtn/j.php?MTID=me6eb5ffba987f65376f39f8de8f71695 and enter password: 12345
To join this webinar by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0002 US Toll and enter meeting number (access code): 737 798 188
4/27/2018 at 12:30pm EDT
Curriculum Development for Seed2Seed: Intern-Based Sustainable Food Systems Education by Chantal P. Mullen
This Capstone Project presents an interdisciplinary sustainable food system course for college level students based around the Seed2Seed farm for internships, apprenticeships, and work-study students. Seed2Seed is a God-inspired and established community outreach garden program that is linking churches with the community through gardening. The motto for this program “We plant in SOIL,” stands for: Sowing Opportunity, Improving Lives. The mission is to look for opportunities to sow into the ground and in each other’s lives. Seed2Seed improves lives through personal experiences of participants in and around the garden as well as through the use of the harvest that God gives to us to bless those in need by donation of high quality food produced on the farm. The course focuses on incorporating multiple disciplines and teaching more than task-related skills. This project produces a course based around the functions of the Seed2Seed farm including an Instructor’s Guide. The creation of a course addresses the need for local experiential sustainable education.
To join this webinar by computer: Visit https://greenmtn.webex.com/greenmtn/j.php?MTID=mcc192e9624fd2ca2b4449ef16f0e421d and enter password: 12345
To join this webinar by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0002 US Toll and enter meeting number (access code): 733 971 972
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.
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.
Listen to GMC MSFS student and organic expert, Johanna Mirenda, on Food Sleuth Radio with Melinda Hemmelgarn (who was a Visiting Scholar at the Master’s program annual residency in February 2017). https://beta.prx.org/stories/207819
Johanna Mirenda is Technical Director at OMRI, the Organic Materials Review Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides an independent review of fertilizers, pest controls, livestock health care products, and numerous other inputs intended for use in certified organic production and processing.
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This commentary is by Jessica Casey, of St. Albans, a senior at BFA St. Albans, who is the recipient of the First in Sustainability Scholarship Award from Green Mountain College. The award covers her tuition, room/board and fees for all four years of study. This commentary is her contest essay. Any high school senior applying for admission to Green Mountain College’s class of 2022 is eligible for this scholarship award. Applicants are required to submit an additional essay. Submission will open this fall at www.greenmtn.edu! [Read more…]