Farm Life Ecology: A Field & Table Intensive at Green Mountain College

first_imgOn a mid-summer day, the sun rises pretty early over Green Mountain College’s Cerridwen Farm. That’s good – because there’s a lot of work to be done. During GMC’s summer Farm Life Ecology Intensive May 18-August 14, students plow the fields, milk the cows, and plant the crops while taking classes and conducting research on topics like organic agriculture and farm systems.The 13 week-long, 12 credit summer intensive program allows students to manage all elements of the farm’s operation while learning first-hand about sustainable agriculture. Four subject areas comprise the program’s academic core including organic crop and animal management; management of farm systems; development of agricultural technologies with a focus on human and animal power; and the social and cultural importance of regional foods.Students will live in tents on the farm and prepare communal dinners made from produce they grow and harvest. In fact, the goal during the program is to eat only food that is grown or raised on the farm: no processing, no packaging – just fresh produce, eggs, honey, milk and meat.”The experience helps students understand how consumption is tied to production, allowing them to explore issues about energy, agriculture and sustainability,” said Cerridwen Farm Manager Dr. Kenneth Mulder, an experienced organic farmer who also holds a Ph.D. in ecological economics.In their course work, students investigate the theory and practice of traditional means of food preparation. Activities like bread baking, cheese making and canning and preserving food are explored from historical and cultural perspectives. Each week a different student team researches and prepares the communal meals.Students are expected to spend 1-2 hours per week developing a farm research project focused on the efficiency of human and animal powered technologies at Cerridwen Farm (GMC’s resident team of oxen, Lou and Bill, perform plowing and haying). They also devote seven hours per week to keep records on planting, germination, yield and management for a subset of the farm’s crops. And a farmer’s work is never done — students are expected to pitch in about 15 hours per week on farm chores.”The production of food is the most fundamental way in which we relate to the environment,” said Mulder. “While it may be hard to imagine surviving without ipods, cars, and air conditioning, it’s been done before. But we must produce food, and the ways in which we produce food can either exacerbate problems such as global warming and energy shortages or it can become part of the solution. Cerridwen Farm is a place where students can take an active role in the current food revolution that is transforming farming and how we view food.”More information on the intensive can be found at http://www.greenmtn.edu/farm_intensive.aspx(link is external)POULTNEY, Vt., March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –SOURCE Green Mountain College Students at Green Mountain College’s summer farm intensive learn to use draft animals in plowing and haying operations. The College is trying to determine if a family farm can operate profitably without use of fossil fuels. (PRNewsFoto/Green Mountain College)last_img read more

River yields dead body

first_imgBACOLOD City – Already in the state ofdecomposition, a body was found floating in the river in Barangay Baviera,Sagay City, Negros Occidental. According to police investigators,Doble’s body was discovered around 4 p.m. on March 9. Police identified him as the 29-year-oldresident Rico Doble.center_img Officers of the Sagay City policestation were still investigating the incident.last_img

More Of That claims World Hurdle

first_img Press Association Big Buck’s was taken straight to the stables following the race, but after his retirement was confirmed, the ever-popular runner returned to the paddock to say farewell with one last walk around the ring. Nicholls said: “Andy (Stewart, owner) and I have been talking about it and I couldn’t improve him any more on what he’s done today. We won’t ask him to run again as he’s been a wonderful horse and wonderful for racing.” Stewart said: “The great horse is not as great as he was when a nine-year-old. “He had 420 days off (before returning in the Cleeve Hurdle) and he’s obviously not sparkling any more. At Fishers Cross beat him in the Cleeve and has done so again and I think he is finding the years getting to him. “We have done as much as we possibly can and there’s no way we can improve on that – what you saw today is as good as he is but he owes us nothing. “He’s going back to Ditcheat where all my other retired horses are, and he’ll be with Cenkos. “It’s been very flattering the way the public have taken to him. “He’s probably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, staying hurdler of all-time, and it’s time to enjoy his retirement. “He’s been great for the public, great for racing and I love him to death.” Walsh said of Annie Power: “She was keen early and I didn’t get her 100 per cent switched off. “I probably got in a battle too early and picked the wrong JP McManus horse to follow. “The winner found plenty, she stayed all right but he stayed better. I wouldn’t mind riding the race again and challenging after the last rather than at the furlong pole. “She jumped like a buck and she’ll benefit greatly from a race like that, she’s still a very good mare.” Rebecca Curtis said of At Fishers Cross: “He ran a brilliant race. I thought he was going to win coming down to the last couple of flights. “I’m delighted that JP has won anyway.” Willie Mullins said of Annie Power: “I imagine she ran up to her mark, we were just beaten by a better horse on the day. “She jumped well, I couldn’t point to one hurdle and say she made a mistake. “We’ll see if she’ll run again, there’s Aintree or Punchestown which I would say might be favourite, but that was an extremely hard race and she might need a rest.” Meanwhile, David Pipe was thrilled to right last year’s wrong as Dynaste returned to his potent best with a slick display in the Ryanair Chase. The dashing grey was considered one of the bankers of last year’s Festival when going down in a Jewson Novices’ Chase thriller to Irish contender Benefficient, who was once again in a quality field for this middle-distance championship. Dynaste ran with great credit when chasing home Cue Card in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November, but had something to prove back at Prestbury Park having blown out badly when well fancied for the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. His supporters stuck with him, however, ensuring he was sent off the 3-1 favourite, and it was clear Tom Scudamore was keen to give his charge a little more time to find his feet than has been the case in the past. The eight-year-old could be spotted making good progress coming down the hill, but Scudamore continued to bide his time and produced him with a perfectly-timed challenge to join the front-running Hidden Cyclone at the final fence. To his credit, Shark Hanlon’s pride and joy tried to make a race of it, but Dynaste had too many gears on the run to the line and was good value for a two-and-a-quarter-length verdict. His old adversary Benefficient travelled well for a long way, but dropped out quickly in the straight and was pulled up sharply before the final fence. Scudamore said: “He’s taken some knocks so I’m pleased for the horse as he’s gone and shown how good he is, and he’s gone and shown it at Cheltenham in a Grade One. “What a thrill.” Earlier in the day, McCoy partnered Taquin Du Seuil to victory in the JLT Novices’ Chase. The O’Neill-trained 7-1 shot was noted moving into contention at the top of the hill and he swooped after the last to deny game front-runner Uxizandre. Plenty still held chances at the bottom of the hill, but it was left to the two unbeaten young guns to fight it out, with More Of That, having just the fifth run of his life, powering to glory. Trainer Paul Nicholls immediately announced the retirement of 11-year-old Big Buck’s, the four-time winner of the race who only returned from injury in January. Nicholls said: “He’s going to have an honourable retirement, it’s a sad day but it’s good to end in one piece.” Geraghty said of More Of That: “It’s great. AP was the first to congratulate me, there’s no hard feelings – he’s a true professional. “He’s a good horse. I was always happy. Ruby (Walsh, on Annie Power) was upsides me in the straight and he looked to be travelling and when he gave her a squeeze, the response was OK but I thought I had enough in reserve. “It’s only his fifth run. He jumped and travelled away. He was a bit innocent when he got to the front, a bit unsure but he kept going.” Trainer Jonjo O’Neill added: “He’s still a big frame of a horse really and coming to himself. It all came together nicely, it’s brilliant. “He doesn’t show you much at home, he’s just a real class horse and goes about his business, never does anything flash.” Tony McCoy appeared to have dealt a hammer blow to More Of That’s chances a couple of weeks ago by choosing to ride At Fishers Cross, who eventually finished third, and the winner’s participation was only confirmed at declaration time. Punters were not deterred, however, and he was sent off the 15-2 third-favourite in the hands of Barry Geraghty, who for the second time this week benefited from McCoy making the wrong choice. More Of That outstayed Annie Power up the famous Cheltenham hill to claim the Ladbrokes World Hurdle with Big Buck’s back in fifth and subsequently retired. last_img read more

EURO 2020 Qualifiers: Italy put 9 past Armenia in final qualifier

first_img Source: BBC Italy recorded one of the biggest wins in their history as they completed their successful Euro 2020 qualifying campaign by thrashing Armenia 9-1.Ciro Immobile and Nicolo Zaniolo both scored twice while Chelsea’s Jorginho converted a penalty in the second half.Nicolo Barella, Alessio Romagnoli, Riccardo Orsolini and Federico Chiesa also scored for the dominant Italians.Edgar Babayan did manage to grab a consolation for Armenia with a stunning long-range strike.Babayan’s finish stopped Italy equalling their biggest win – a 9-0 defeat of the United States in Brentford in 1948.However, the emphatic victory continues an impressive turnaround in fortunes under former Manchester City boss Robert Mancini.The Italian took charge of the national team following their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and led them to 10 wins from 10 in qualifying for Euro 2020 – conceding just four goals – as they finished top of Group J.last_img read more