2017 SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE GRANT WINNERS
- Leadership and Food Production, Beth LaShell and Elicia Whittlesey, The Old Fort. By putting an experienced young farmer in a position of leadership, this project supports the Old Fort's increasing capacity to produce food for the FLC dining hall and creates another step in the Old Fort's multifaceted farmer training program.
- FLC Campus Energy Consumption Dashboard, Marty Pool, The Environmental Center. This project will create a tool to easily inform campus members of their energy consumption and allow the College to track the impact of energy conservation efforts.
- Food for Thought Campus Food Forest, Rachel Landis, The Environmental Center. This project will restore the vole-damaged campus orchard with a food forest that will provide students with applied agricultural training in orchard management, a unique classroom experience, and food production that supports FLC sustainability commitments.
- Art Department Sustainability Improvements, Chad Colby, Anthony Holmquist, and Andrea Martens, Art Department. This project will allow the Art Department to incorporate non-toxic methods for printmaking and painting, allowing students to learn about sustainable approaches to art.
2016 SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE GRANT WINNERS
Season Extension at the Old Fort, Beth LaShell and Elicia Whittlesey, The Old Fort.
The Project: We requested $2500 to support the construction of a second large high tunnel at the Old Fort. This high tunnel will enable year-round food production, specifically to be sold to Sodexo and served in the campus dining hall, and sold at the campus farm stand throughout the winter.
Project Update (fall 2016): We used $2000 of the grant to go toward trenching and installing water pipes to the new hoophouse location. The water is operational and ready to be connected to a drip irrigation system. The remaining $500 went toward materials necessary to construct the hoophouse. We had previously purchased the hoophouse itself, used, but some materials (boards, etc) were not reusable and the remaining SIG funds have gone toward these necessary supplies. In the spring, we will purchase and assemble the plastic covering and begin planting.
Though we have not yet grown crops in the new hoophouse, it has already had an educational component; our FLC interns (6 of them) were instrumental in laying the foundation over the summer, and learned many construction-related skills in doing so. In the fall, along with an FLC alumni, we have assembled the skeleton of the hoophouse; it is now almost ready for plastic. We’ve put in new, rich soil, some straw, and sown rye as a winter cover crop seed to improve soil health through the winter and early spring.