Sustainability Semester Blog

A St. Lawrence University academic department blog

St. Lawrence University's Sustainability Semester is an off-campus living-learning program located 5 miles from the SLU campus where students create community together with the goals of living sustainably in a renovated farm house, growing and preserving their own food and building both theoretical and practical knowledge pertaining to sustainability. The students take four classes together on site, all focused on aspects of sustainability and travel to Boston for a 2 week urban sustainability component. They cook and share meals together, bake bread, do farm and house chores, engage in projects including wood working, maple sugaring, soap making, and other crafts, and work with community members involved in homesteading, farming, green building and more. This blog is written by the students participating in the Sustainability Semester and gives a snap shot of their reflections and experiences.

 

by Sherrie LaRose
July 6th, 2016
By Shannon Hickey This Friday, we spent much of our day harvesting – always the most fun task on the farm. It is the day we get to see the products of our labor, the day we collect on all the raking and weeding and digging. And, of course, the day we get to fill up the house refrigerator with bags...
by Sherrie LaRose
July 6th, 2016
By Elizabeth Kamb This summer at the Sustainability Semester each of the interns are required to come up with an independent project of our choosing to work on over the summer. Sam, our homesteader in residence, has said that he would like it to be something with a written and physical component...
by Sherrie LaRose
July 6th, 2016
By Shannon Hickey This past week, our troupe of interns made its way to the permaculture garden on SLU’s main campus. For some, it was the first time seeing the plot; as a member of Seed to Table, the club which maintains the garden, I had visited before, yet never put much work into it. However, I...
by Sherrie LaRose
July 6th, 2016
By Elizabeth Kamb A couple weeks ago we had several days of rain, so we took the opportunity to work in our root cellar, cleaning out bins and sorting through produce that has been there since last October’s harvest. We found mostly carrots, parsnips and beets in the cellar. First we sorted them to...
by Sherrie LaRose
November 11th, 2015
By Sean Reville “We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it,” – Barak Obama On August 3, 2015 something historic happened.  Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, the historic first-ever national cap on greenhouse...
by Sherrie LaRose
June 29th, 2015
By Sam Haab & Kim Haab   After our two weeks in Boston we returned for one final week on the farm. The farm house was a lot quieter than the city and we were all surprised by how much the gardens had progressed in our absence. The strawberry patch was lush and full, the garlic was taller,...
by Sherrie LaRose
June 23rd, 2015
Anna Hughes and Emma Philips             After our two weeks spent in Boston we are leaving not only with some good memories, but also with a new knowledge of the many different career opportunities available that are related to sustainability...
by Sherrie LaRose
May 28th, 2015
By William McMaster and Sean Reville Our trip to Boston has been a whirlwind experience, and Saturday was no different. Saturday we spent the whole day on a tour of the neighborhood of Roxbury. Though one of the poorest neighborhoods, Roxbury is a community filled with people who love where they...
by Sherrie LaRose
May 19th, 2015
By Emma Phillips and Sam Haab Embarking on the urban sustainability component of our Sustainability Studies core course, we arrived in Boston on Sunday eager to experience a culture drastically different from the secluded, rural farm life we have grown accustomed to over the course of the semester...
by Sherrie LaRose
May 5th, 2015
April 26, 2015 by Sean Reville and Sam Haab “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead   Last Wednesday, April 22nd was Earth Day, an annual environmental event first celebrated 45 years...
by Sherrie LaRose
April 27th, 2015
By: Kim Haab and Will McMaster             "The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse." ~Carlos Castaneda...
by Sherrie LaRose
April 23rd, 2015
By Emma Phillips and Sean Reville Imagine, if you will, a place where you are surrounded by rolling green hills and forest; a place where you know each and every one of your neighbors, who all live within 500 feet of you; a place where community dinners are 4 times a week, and afterwards songs are...

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