Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Prep

Another Halloween is almost upon us. Grant enjoyed some autumn leaf jumping where some residents had conveniently raked their leaves for town pickup!

This was the first year we really turned the boys loose on their pumpkins and gave them sharp implements to carve with. They did a heck of a job! Grant designed his pumpkin complete with swirly eyes and glasses. Spencer's was a model of oxygen. Cortney included the triumvirate "VT", wind turbine, and bicep. Robert oversaw the pumpkin hollowing and seed roasting. Excellent work, family!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Homecoming 5K and Pumpkin Picking

Today was the VT Homecoming 5K. Grant ran the 1 mile fun run; Spencer and Cortney the 5K. Spencer ran with his trainer Jake and ran a strong race - his first 5K on the road. He did a 5K last spring on the cross country course. We followed the race with lunch at Cabo Fish Taco, paid for with race winnings! Then we hit a local pumpkin patch for some of the requisite orange holiday gourds. It was a gorgeous fall day, no waiting, but they said their pumpkin patch was decimated by deer so the u-pick was basically selecting pumpkins scattered throughout a grass field. Luckily no one seemed to feel too gypped! Nice day, we are certainly blessed.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Today was our trip to Polyface Farm in Swope, Virginia with Joel Salatin, a farmer featured in Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. This is a highlight of our food and agriculture semester, if not a highlight of our whole two year Earth Sustainability course series.

Two of our students rode their bikes to Polyface - over 100 miles!!

The WHOLE ES crew - students and faculty

Rachael, Gyorgyi, and me! Lucky to work with such great folks!