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Threshing rye

Experiential education does not have to mean an internship or apprenticeship.  Here students in ENVS 220:  Farm to Table thresh bundles of rye by hand to learn a visceral lesson about the nature of food processing and (non)industrial farm methods.  … Continue reading

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Harvest Time!

Students in ENVS 230 “Sustainable Agriculture” had an exciting lab day on Wednesday:  our first harvest of the spinach we have been growing in our experimental beds since the beginning of the semester. First, check out the progress of the … Continue reading

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Learning Garden Update 01

Here is part two of the photo log of the Sustainable Agriculture class’s Learning Garden planting.  (See here for pictures of the initial site preparation).  The class planted two different kinds of beds.  The first were experimental beds with spinach … Continue reading

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The COW Learning Garden: A Space Transformed

Students in ENVS 230 “Sustainable Agriculture” have the unique opportunity to practice what their professor preaches, as they plant and then manage the Learning Garden all autumn as part of their lab experience. The following photos are from their first … Continue reading

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The urban farming learning curve

Editor’s note:  This is the second of Adam Donnelly’s updates from his summer internship at Community Greenhouse Partners, a startup urban gardening and permaculture initiative in inner-city Cleveland.  Click here to read his first update from June. ———————————————– The summer … Continue reading

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Urban gardening…. for whom?

Here is a post from the other intern working with Community Greenhouse Partners in inner-city Cleveland, Zach Sheehan.  (Click here to read the first post from Adam Donnelly). * * * * * * * For the past month I … Continue reading

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Urban Gardening in Cleveland: Gaining Steam

Following is an update from Adam Donnelly, a rising junior who is one of three Scots serving urban garden internships in Cleveland, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship.  Adam is interning with Community Greenhouse Partners, an ambitious initiative that took … Continue reading

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“Tomatoland”: Author Barry Estabrook visits Wooster

The Environmental Studies program welcomed food writer Barry Estabrook as our distinguished visiting scholar last week.  Barry came from his home in Vermont for a packed three days, visiting multiple classes, dining with students and faculty alike, and delivering a … Continue reading

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Check out the college’s Solar Energy Generator Dashboard

A lot of people have been talking about the Dashboard that was created when the solar panels went live on the Scot Center roof. Just in case you haven’t come across it yet, here at last is the link. It’s … Continue reading

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Rotational grazing, in the flesh

Last week the ENVS 230 “Sustainable Agriculture” class had a chance to visit one of the few 100% grassfed, rotationally grazing beef farms in the county:  Green Vista farms, operated by Jonathan Berger and his family (I know, convenient name, … Continue reading

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