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 associate professor of Cooperative Education. She teaches a series of Reskilling and Resilience courses, exploring seed-resilience, plant medicine, regenerative agriculture and commensality. Her pedagogy includes peer-to-peer teaching within a democratic educational framework. Beth directs cooperative education partnerships in sustainability, environmental science, biomedical science, and alternative education. She is co-op liaison to the science division and to the Japanese language and culture program. A recipient of a faculty excellence award from the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, she is also an Oral History in the Liberal Arts Faculty Fellow, receiving funding for her project “Re-establishing a Seed Commons through Oral History Methodology” with support from the Mellon Foundation. Her concurrent research, “Pedagogies of Nature: Shinto, Spiritual Ecology, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge” recently received National Endowment for the Arts funding through the Great Lakes College Association.