Environmental Center 2015 Spring Staff Retreat at Heartwood Cohousing
By: Lexis Loeb, FLC Art Major and EC Real Food Challenge Team Member
This past weekend the passionate students and staffers here at the Environmental Center gathered for their Bi-annual staff retreat at Heartwood Co-housing located in the beautiful town of Bayfield. Heartwood is an intentional, off-grid, co-housing community that strives to live in harmony not only with their environment but with their fellow neighbors and community members. The community centers around the organic farm known as Grace Gardens. The diversified vegetable, chicken, and llama farm is located on Heartwood’s communally owned 250 acre property.
The four student teams at the EC (Local Food Security, Zero-Waste, Campus Sustainability and Real Food Challenge) strategized, collaborated and celebrated their current projects and events for the year ahead. Ideas were shared, delicious local food was consumed and boots were stuck as we helped Rachel, the Grace Gardens’ manager, prep for the upcoming spring season.
As a third-year, returning EC staff member, it was my observation that this spring’s staff retreat was extremely pro-active and focused. There was a spirit of collaboration amongst the teams this year that is going to make for some awesome campus events and pro-active action toward sustainability and social-justice at FLC. With the help and guidance of EC Coordinator, Rachel Landis, and Assistant Coordinator, Erin Murphy we were charged to take up the Spring Semester’s Program Goals:
- Do less, and do it well
- Increase/diversify student engagement “beyond the choir”
- Collaborate and Integrate all EC projetcs
Overall, the Retreat was a nice escape from the chaos of college life and an excellent team-building opportunity to inspire the hard-working, dedicated students at the Environmental Center who are constantly working toward a more environmentally-conscious and socially-just FLC community.
Keep your eyes peeled for some awesome EC events and volunteer opportunities this spring and if you would like to learn more about Heartwood Cohousing visit the link below. A special thanks to Dick Grossman and the Heartwood community for hosting us and showing us around their home!!