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EMU Grad Grows Hope in the Desert

Emma Stahl-Wert is growing hope, one vegetable at a time. As garden coordinator for the Primavera Foundation, Stahl-Wert plans and manages community gardens at transitional housing properties in Tucson, Ariz., where she is in the middle of a two-year term with Mennonite Voluntary Service, a Mennonite Mission Network program. Each week, Stahl-Wert, 22, works alongside residents, ...More

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Community Flocks to EMU for Annual Fall Harvest Dinner

Ranita Shenk’s favorite part of the Fall Harvest dinner was squash picked straight out of one of Eastern Mennonite University’s five campus gardens. The 20-year-old sophomore made sure she attended the annual Fall Harvest Local Meal last week, if only because many of her friends were raving about it. “It’s one of the most popular meals of the year,” she said. Stud ...More

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Local Agriculture, Sustainability Highlight Food and Farming Week

Baking bread, a fall harvest and a farm tour are just some of the topics to be covered during the annual Food and Farming Week, Oct. 1-5, at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Sponsored by the Earthkeepers student club, the event encourages students to learn about farming practices while gaining important information o ...More

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EMU Alum Linking Kids to the Bay

Laura Cattell Noll, a 2009 Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) alum, is engaging students in restoration projects to build community awareness for the Chesapeake Bay. Cattell Noll, a conservation technician, works within the Chesapeake Bay Initiative of the Conservation Department at the ...More

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Watershed Models to Boost EMU Museum and Bay Education

How does a watershed work and why does it matter in small towns hundreds of miles from the Chesapeake Bay? New models and workshops funded by a $5,300 grant will help visitors to Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) Hostetter Museum of Natural History answer those questions. ...More

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Amish Dairy Farmer, Author, Pulls In Crowd

Courtesy Daily News Record, Feb. 10, 2012 Ohio dairy farmer David Kline’s first trip to the Shenandoah Valley came with a surprise — it’s not flat amid the mountains. “You have rolling hills,” he said. “I like roll to the land.” What’s more surprising is how many people heard Kline say that. A crowd of about 200 packed into Dayton’s Montezu ...More

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Acclaimed Amish Author to Share Passion for Creation Care

In a series of unprecedented talks in Harrisonburg, David Kline, an Amish farmer, naturalist and author, will share his passion for creation care and sustainable farming practices from Wednesday, Feb. 8, though Friday morning, Feb. 10. “David Kline has a ...More

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Not Wasting an Opportunity

From garden, to fork and back into the ground, new campus initiatives including raspberry bushes and compost bins will dot the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) landscape thanks to initiatives submitted by faculty, staff and students. Katie Jantzen, co-leader of Earthkeepers, said the overall goal of the mini-grants wa ...More

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Fall Equals Sustainability at EMU

Sustainability will be front and center during the fall semester at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) as Jonathan Lantz-Trissel, sustainability coordinator, announced a full slate of activities, from singing and storytelling to seminars. “The events make use of different media formats—music, film and guest presentations—in covering sustainable topics,” said Lantz-Trisse ...More

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

Lester ’71 and Mary Beth ’72 Lind were undergraduates at EMU when the environmental movement was taking off. They were on campus when the first Earth Day was celebrated. They took part when the college offered a January term focused on environmental issues. And they drew inspiration from a popular saying of the time – “live simply so others can simply live.” “We decided to ta ...More