SEEDS Scholars, faculty and guest bloggers write about their questions, experiences, and, you guessed it, their discoveries as they explore sustainability issues far and near. 

The One With the Most Trash Wins

The One With the Most Trash Wins
"The one with the most trash wins." With those words, Professor Sarah Mabey sent off her crew of dozens of volunteers on Sunday, April 24 in canoes and kayaks to clean up the Cuyahoga River and Eagle Creek. And the day before that, Hiram students organized an Earth Day Fair, complete with booths, music, and the Green Machine food truck.  Check out some of the highlights below. Earth Day Fair River Clean Up Just a small sampling of what volunteers gathered up! A job well done!  Thanks to all those who helped!...and special thanks to Thea Angeli, Taylor Hillyer, and Sarah...
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Service Rocks!

Service Rocks!
In keeping with Hiram tradition, students, faculty, and staff worked together to accomplish something good for the campus, and everyone who calls it home. Over the next few months, the area pictured below will be transformed:  from sad little rectangles of gravel, dirt, and tire tracks to beautiful oases of living color.  A big thank you from the SEED Scholars to all of you who helped dig gravel out of the future garden beds in Martin Commons on Sugar Day.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  Scroll down to see how hard your fellow Terriers worked. The garden beds before, and a very rough...
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What Keeps You Coming Back For More?

What Keeps You Coming Back For More?
Food is an instrument for connecting communities through cultural exchanges, social gatherings, and fundraisers for social good. Sharing food with others effectively keeps us connected and reminds us of the importance that it plays in our everyday lives. Whenever I have made space at the table for more to share a meal with me, the meal is always more satisfying. At Hiram College we have multiple occasions to bring people together with food, but one of the most influential is Bread and Soup. Bread and Soup has been a part of Hiram’s Campus tradition since 1982.  It began when the late Rev....
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Food to Grow On

Food to Grow On
I remember going to the garden as a little girl and helping my parents pick tomatoes, peppers, green beans, and other fruits and veggies.  I loved basking in the sun and getting my hands dirty without a care in the world.  (Check out me “helping” my dad with yard work.)  I know now that these experiences have profoundly shaped who I am…and who I continue to become.  As a college student at Hiram, I have experienced additional ways that food brings people together.  One example is Hiram’s vegetarian Stone Soup Cooperative. Through cooking and eating there over the past four years, I’ve seen how...
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Things Unseen....and What's Coming Up This Spring

Things Unseen....and What's Coming Up This Spring
Cover image: Branching Pattern 1, © Paul Merryman 2003, www.paulmerrymanart.com. It’s good to be periodically reminded that the visible world of life as we know it is only a small slice of reality, resting upon universes of interrelated processes normally hidden from view.  Take food for example. The act of eating is but a moment in an ongoing cycle of highly complex interactions.  The dark depths of soil where seeds first awaken are teeming with life.  A single teaspoon of rich garden soil contains about a billion bacteria, several yards of branching mycelial threads, thousands of protozoa, and hundreds of beneficial nematodes! ...
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