Sustainability Semester Site

The Sustainability Semester is located at 1894 State Highway 68 in Canton 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/classroom space and a Quonset hut as well as approximately 33.5 acres for gardens, orchards, livestock, season extension structures and future additional residence space.  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.

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.  For some “before” pictures of the site, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm click on this photo gallery.  

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. We currently have the following structures and resources available:

  • Residential farmhouse with kitchen, large dining room table and living room, multiple bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with 2 showers.
  • 1 ½ acres established garden, managed using organic practices
  • Young orchard
  • Maple sugar bush
  • Timber frame greenhouse
  • Classroom with space for ~15-20 students (with table, chairs, whiteboard, projector and bathroom)
  • Chickens (in student built- chicken coops)
  • Solar panels
  • 20 acres pasture (tillable)
  • Pond (and amphibians galore) 
  • Surrounding woods 
  • Wildlife (in the woods and pond mostly)
  • Delicious, food grown on site