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A campus garden is helping to feed Skidmore students, aiding research into insecticide-free agriculture, fostering com- munity relations, and raising awareness about nutrition and sustainability. The student-run garden, now in its

second year, occupies a 40- by 60-foot plot next to the Colton Alumni Welcome Center. More than 20 crops, from acorn squash to zucchini, are being grown there. The students use all organic tech- niques: natural fer- tilizer, no artificial pesticides, and weed- ing by hand. Last year’s garden produced 1,138 pounds of veggies and herbs, all of which went to the dining hall. The stu- dent gardeners maintain a Facebook page with progress updates, and this year a Student Opportunity Grant helped with the costs of planting. Environmental studies major Laura

Fralich ’11 started the garden with the help of advisor Erica Fuller, Skidmore’s campus sustainability coordinator. The 2009–10 manager, Gabriella Stern ’13, visited a local elementary school to talk about organic farming and the environ- ment, and was scheduled to lead pro-

grams at the Children’s Museum in Saratoga Springs and at Skidmore. “I’m so excited for these programs. I’m really enjoying developing this educational curriculum,” Stern says. “Last year we discussed reaching


out to more people who might be in- terested,” says Fuller. “We had several groups visit the garden, including kids from Camp Northwoods and students in First- Year Experience seminars.”

Another academic project is being

undertaken by Josh Ness, biology and environmental studies professor, and Gordon MacPherson ’12. The pair planted fava beans, which have two characteristics that might benefit neighboring plants: they enrich the soil with nitrogen, and they produce nectar on their leaves and stems. In theory, the nectar attracts ants or bees, which then defend the plants from herbi- vores such as caterpillars. At question is whether the beans’ natural pest-repellent system can benefit surrounding plants as well. Ness and MacPherson planted bras- sica (plants in the kale and broccoli fam-

College mourns musician

Gene Marie Green, a music faculty member for nearly four decades, died May 1, following a battle with cancer. Born in 1938, Green earned a bache-

lor’s at Oberlin College Conservatory and also studied at Yale and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Tom Denny, chair of the department, says, “She and I shared a special fondness for Austria, which she called her second Heimat [home].” In 1961 she married violinist George Green, also a longtime member of Skidmore’s music faculty. She joined him in the department in 1971, teaching oboe and coaching the wood- wind ensembles and often playing with the Skidmore College Orchestra. Accompanist Patte Hadfield says Gene Marie “made a lasting impression on all of her students,” and Denny adds, “She

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was the kind of person who could gently trans- form a student’s life through wise and hu- mane guidance, on both musical issues and life is- sues.” Despite her health problems in recent years, he says, “her courage and her strong will to con- tinue living life to the fullest, including giving everything possible to her stu- dents, was inspirational. Less than two weeks before her death, Gene Marie was in the Zankel Center to witness the beau- tiful recital by two of her students, oboist Madeline Warner ’10 and bassoonist Au- drey Wronski ’10. She had to sit during the reception, but she was there for her students, warm and giving as ever.”

Outside Skidmore, Green played oboe with the Al- bany Symphony for 22 years and was a member of the Schen ectady Symphony for nearly 40 years. In 1992, she performed a Haydn work with the Glens Falls Sym- phony, along with husband George and their daughter

Kath ryn on violin and son Michael on baroque bassoon.

George having died in 2004, Gene

Marie’s survivors include sons Michael and Marshall, daughter Kathryn, eight grandchildren, and many devoted friends. Last spring Skidmore held a cam- pus memorial service, and the Skidmore Orchestra dedicated its final concert of the year, in May, to her memory. —AW

ily) near the fava beans and in a variety of situations to measure any effects from the beans’ nectar-based protection and/or nitrogen-fixing. Because brassica plants grow quickly, “we should be able to tell soon how they’re doing under the vari- ous conditions,” Ness says. —PD

“Eat Clean” blog feature on the garden



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