For the past three years, Ruth Lane ’17, a humanities major, has been a dedicated member of the Antioch farm crew. In that time, Ruth has expanded her knowledge of farming and has greatly enjoyed her experience. This past weekend she was able to represent the Antioch farm at a Community Garden Leadership Program in Dayton, Ohio.
She shared the farm crew’s experience of working with animals, as well as the benefits that the sheep, ducks, and chickens bring to the Antioch farm and the larger Antioch community. She described the farm’s methods of rotational grazing, sheep-powered land management and the additional benefit of pastured meat and eggs for the Antioch community. Ruth was able to form new, meaningful connections with the Dayton gardening community, which she hopes will continue to grow in the years to come.
Beth Bridgeman is an Assistant Professor of Cooperative Education at Antioch College. Her professional practice areas are informed by community engagement and student-centered experiential learning pedagogy. She teaches courses in co-constructed learning, agrarian systems, reskilling and resilience, plant medicine, seed-saving, and harvest preservation, utilizing the Antioch Farm and campus as a learning laboratory. From 2013-2015 she led the Ohio Agrarian Trade Partnership at Antioch College, developing fifty-two cooperative education partnerships in sustainable food production throughout Ohio. Bridgeman previously served for twelve years as a county extension educator with The Ohio State University, focusing on sustainable agriculture and experiential learning opportunities for youth and adults.