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For us two River Stewards, the previous week has been filled with great adventure and new experiences. Together, along with three other students from UD, we traveled all the way to Bethlehem Farm in Pence Springs, West Virginia. Over our week-long stay we immersed ourselves in their environmentally conscious lifestyle. Bethlehem Farm is a sustainably run homestead that is the base for a small charity-driven home repair program. The caretakers tend to chickens, donkeys, a horse, a pig, and a plethora of produce to sustain their lifestyle. A while back, the caretakers expressed interest in having volunteers from the ETHOS Program build a passive solar high tunnel on their property. This would allow them extend their growing season so fresh produce could be provided even in the winter. For this purpose we spent the week in service at Bethlehem Farm.


University of Dayton Rivers Institute, Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, River Stewards, Great Miami River


Authors: Connie and Anthony (no last names given)