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April 1 - April 30, 2021

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  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Support a Community Garden
    What are the multiple benefits of community gardens, including carbon sequestration? Why do these benefits matter to you?

    Scott Royael's avatar
    Scott Royael 4/30/2021 7:43 AM
    We are at a time when we are digitally connected in so many ways, yet it feels as though our ability to connect with the earth and other people is diminishing. One of the big benefits of a community garden is to allow individuals to connect with food in a way that is lost with our large scale processed food society.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Tend A Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

    Amy Lapham's avatar
    Amy Lapham 4/29/2021 12:17 PM
    I planted sunflowers to remind me of Italy. It was my first planting experience. I felt like a new mom anxiously watching over the seeds, hoping to see a sprout or two. To my amazement and joy, several sunflowers popped out and grew tall and beautiful. It was lovely to look out the window and see the bright colors and the happy little bees buzzing around all summer long. 

    When I saw the bees buzzing around, I came to a realization, in my quest for a positive memory of my travels in Italy, I inadvertently created a source of food for the bees and enriched the soil. I lived in a rental at that time and there was a grape vine next to where I planted the sunflowers. It wasn't healthy. But, after the sunflowers grew, the grape vine perked up and seemed to revitalize itself before my very eyes. The bees buzzed busily around the grapes and the sunflowers. It was then I realized adding something to remind me of happy times, also had an impact on the environment in my little yard. I unintentionally made an impact on the soil and the bees without thought! I thought to myself.... I wonder what could happen, if I did something positive with thought and planning for the environment? My positive impact could create ripples and have far more impact that I could possibly imagine. Oh, the possibilities!! 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. What have you done in the past to support women-owned businesses? How can you better support communities by supporting women?

    Scott Royael's avatar
    Scott Royael 4/28/2021 12:02 PM
    I utilized the NYS M/WBE directory to see which companies in our area are minority business enterprises or women business enterprises. One of the businesses listed JMZ, who we current use (and have so in the past) for our facilities master plan. https://ny.newnycontracts.com/FrontEnd/SearchCertifiedDirectory.asp?XID=8535&TN=ny
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How does your eating experience differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Tim Scherbatskoy 4/26/2021 1:18 PM
    By thinking about the origins of my breakfast, an orange, the milk, the oats, raisins, nuts in the (homemade) granola, and the processing and transportation that got them to me, I appreciate the interconnections of our food system, and identify parts I want to strengthen, or avoid.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

    Scott Royael's avatar
    Scott Royael 4/22/2021 8:44 AM
    The area I live is a "walking school district". In addition to the exercise, I am glad to have the time to walk my son to school each day. During cold/rainy weather it can be more of a struggle to get out the door, but overall I think the walk to and from school is a positive way to start and end the school day.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

    Scott Royael's avatar
    Scott Royael 4/22/2021 8:44 AM
    The area I live is a "walking school district". In addition to the exercise, I am glad to have the time to walk my son to school each day. During cold/rainy weather it can be more of a struggle to get out the door, but overall I think the walk to and from school is a positive way to start and end the school day.

  • Scott Royael's avatar
    Scott Royael 4/22/2021 8:37 AM
    Thanks to the college's farm manager Toni! It was great to be able to help out at the college farm, connect with the earth, and appreciate the hard work involved. I hope to get out there again as volunteer opportunities arise. 

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    Michele Sprague 4/22/2021 5:33 AM
    Happy Earth day all!!!
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Michelle Bilodeau-Lanne 4/21/2021 5:53 AM
    My daughter and I are vegetarians.  Since I do most of our family cooking (my husband does the cleaning), this basically means that my husband and son are mostly vegetarian as well.  My daughter and I have set a personal goal of finding and cooking one new vegetarian meal a week during my time off this summer.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

    Michelle Bilodeau-Lanne's avatar
    Michelle Bilodeau-Lanne 4/21/2021 5:52 AM
    Our family is working to use the leftover bits from our fresh vegetables to make stock.  We then freeze the stock for use later.  We are also having leftover nights for dinner and then freezing anything remaining that was not eaten.  Lastly, we have hired a composting company to come weekly to pick up our compost and are composting anything remaining.