The Orme School’s inaugural Sustainability Institute on May 30-31, 2015 was a huge success. It was well-attended by individuals from on campus and our local communities. Eighteen workshops provided participants with hands on experiences, giving them new knowledge and skills that they could try out at home.
Workshops included making cheese, fermenting foods, raising Japanese quail, culturing mushrooms, composting, raising backyard chickens, making/baking bread, home canning, raising goats, making soap, fruit tree care, vermiculture, making heritage grain crackers, bee-keeping, urban farming and home vineyards.
We thought it was a great experience! We learned so much, and
it was a wonderful opportunity to see what others are doing to live
a more sustainable lifestyle. We also made connections with local
experts and businesses we can utilize in the future. We look forward
to the next Sustainability Institute! — Pam & Dino Cerchie
It was a very busy and full two days, but participants enjoyed every minute of it. And, even better than the great information shared, was the networking opportunity provided and the community spirit developed. Many of the workshop presenters stayed to attend sessions themselves.
A documentary film maker found out about our Sustainability Institute weekend, and came to film it and interview attendees for a PBS documentary on sustainability, which will air sometime next fall.
The generosity of the Burpee Foundation has allowed Orme to create a program that is attracting both local and regional interest and attention.