The Sustainability Semester is located within biking distance of the St. Lawrence University campus on land owned by Cornell Cooperative Extension. St. Lawrence has entered into a long-term lease and partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension which includes the use of its traditional farm house for student residence, a small office building/former barn as a classroom/lab space and a Quonset hut as well as approximately 33.5 acres for gardens, orchards, livestock, season extension structures and future additional residence space. Basic renovations were done to the house in Fall 2012 and the site welcomed 8 students for the inaugural semester and two new staff members in January 2013.
Converting the buildings and grounds into energy efficient, non-fossil fuel- reliant structures and gardens capable of feeding the residents, will be on-going projects planned and carried out by and with SLU students and community members as part of the experience of the Sustainability Semester and residence at the site.
St. Lawrence University’s partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension also allows students to benefit from the CCE farm just down the road from the Sustainability Semester site, CCE’s high tunnel season extension structure (which volunteer SLU students helped to construct), CCE’s livestock herds and the knowledge and expertise of the CCE staff and educators.
For some “before” pictures of the site, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm click on this photo gallery.