Alexandria Fouliard received the 2012 Nell Goff Scholarship. "At College of the Atlantic my eyes have opened to the environmental issues we face. I am motivated to reduce my footprint through awareness of the resources I use, the sustainability of my practices, and the impacts of those practices. I am spreading the message of "reduce, reuse, and recycle" to all my friends and family, encouraging them to not only follow those guidelines but understand their actions. I choose public transportation over the commodified "green car". I choose sustainable waste practices by using composting toilets. I choose to close the nutrient cycle by eating locally grown food. I am changing my way of life to be harmonious with the only planet upon which we have to live."
KINDLE LOOMIS is the winner of the 2011
GARDEN CLUB FEDERATION OF MAINE HORTICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP
and a NATIONAL GARDEN CLUBS SCHOLARSHIP
Kindle Loomis will be a 4th year BSc student in September 2011 at the Rubinstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. She is majoring in Natural Resource Planning with a focus on the important emergent field of Human and Environmental Health, and she is minoring in Community International Development. These interests have led her to take courses such as agricultural ethics, human health and gardening practices, and most recently, a service-learning class, which culminated in travel to Honduras in May 2011. During her time in Honduras, she worked to continue developing a school garden project begun three years ago by former students and to educate local children on a broad array of integrated topics, including nutrition, water systems, sustainable gardening practices and watershed management.
After returning from her service-learning trip, Kindle headed off to Alaska for a one-month research position with a salmon fishing company, but later during the summer of 2011 she will be working with a Burlington organization, New Farms for New Americans. New Farms teaches refugees, who have resettled in the Burlington community, gardening skills as a means of income generation. Volunteers work side by side with refugee women on the farm; and, after harvests, volunteers assist women in selling the produce at farmers’ markets. The project ensures women can support themselves, while also cultivating community amongst themselves, and a connection with the greater community.
In her application Kindle noted that it is “uplifting and inspirational ideals and projects” such as these which “truly motivate me in continuing my course of study.” For her future career path she sees herself potentially working in any one of a number of areas from teaching garden education to elementary school students, to becoming a national park manager in Denali National Park, to working for a non-profit in Haitian relief work. She is enthusiastic about the wide range of job opportunities for which her major will qualify her and committed to the common philosophical thread which connects them--”working with others for the betterment of human society and the environment in which we live.”
The daughter of Kate Unkel and Eric Loomis, Kindle calls East Blue Hill, Maine home and has in the past honed her gardening skills working for Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman at Four Season Farm in Harborside.
Luka Negoita from Bar Harbor, a 4th year College of the Atlantic student, has been named as the 2010-2011 winner of the Garden Club Federation of Maine Horticulture Scholarship, as well as a National Garden Clubs Scholarship and the Nell Goff Scholarship from the St. Croix District of the GCFM.