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Volunteer Experience & Reflection: Wedgewood Urban Garden

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by Christopher Long   “Agricultural sustainability doesn’t depend on agritechnology. To believe it does is to put the emphasis on the wrong bit of ‘agriculture.’ What sustainability depends on isn’t agri- so much as culture.” – Raj Patel, academic, journalist, activist and author of The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy           I had the awesome opportunity to volunteer at the Wedgewood Ave. Urban Garden here in Nashville. This...

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Naked people.

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Heather Bennett (M.S. Sustainability 2014) is starting a non-profit called Blessed Earth Tennessee that equips and inspires people of faith to become better stewards of the earth.  Naked people.   It’s unfortunate, but common that a person can grow up going to church and only hear about naked people rather than the whole creation story in Genesis 1 and 2.  I was one of those people. I love the church I grew up in and the pastors,...

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Dodd Galbreath

New Faculty and Spring 2015 Cohort Begin Their Professional Journey

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by Dodd Galbreath I am blessed in so many ways due to my soon to be eight year affiliation with sustainability education at Lipscomb University. First, I have experienced both peace and excitement seeing the "torch" pass to Professor Stutzman-Jones as our new academic director. Other faculty have shared with me their observations of her wisdom, work ethic and complete openness to input and collaboration. I believe she is the best prepared professional we have...

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Starting off 2015 with Tennessee's Women In Green

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I am tremendously excited to be in my third official week in the academic director’s seat. First off, I want to thank my tremendous colleagues for the ways they’ve supported me in this transition. Much of why January has gone so well is because they laid the groundwork for me. Thank you, Dodd, Rosemary, and Phyllis! A highlight of this month was when I accompanied Danielle Nichols, new student enrollment manager, to the Tennessee Women...

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In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

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by Sarah Hoots MS Student, 2014 There is a tragedy occurring every day outside your door.  In between the humming of treadmills and tapping of smartphone screens, listen and you will hear it – the sound of empty stomachs crying out for food.  The problem is that nobody eats food anymore.  It’s a lost commodity of the American culture that has been replaced with imitation food, or ‘food like substances’. You see these substances in life constantly: fat-free cheese,...

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