Thanksgiving is always one of my favorite times of the year. At UMass, we have a rare, long weekend to spend with loved ones. And with my favorite football team. (The Cowboys play on Thanksgiving Day, and I will be even more grateful for the weekend if they win.)
Thursday, November 18th was a very special day for UMass Permaculture. Sheet mulching, Phase I of our process, was completed! As the sun went down in late afternoon and the air turned crisp and cold, the Permaculture Planning Committee turned out in full force. And we were not alone -- around twenty children and mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters came by to help.
Recently, I attended the annual National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) conference, held this year in Colorado Springs. I had never been to Colorado Springs. It was also my first time attending NACAS since assuming the role of executive director of Auxiliary Enterprises in August.
As an environmental science major, I spend much of my day listening, reading, and studying about some pretty disheartening information. Each day I learn extensively about the impacts humans have had on water systems, air, soils, plants, land, animals, and ourselves. At times, it’s as though the more I learn the less I want to know. The problems we face today seem so immense and widespread; it can make you feel incredibly small and insignificant.
On Friday, November 5, our project was given our biggest spotlight yet: a front-page feature story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Link to the story here: