Merry Leaflet

Autumn 2019

We asked our Merry Lea alumni what they were up to and over 25 of them responded. See who’s got owls in the classroom, who knows how to make cabbage steaks, who married a man whose property she remembers canoeing past with the Sustainability Leadership Semester…and more. Also read about our new nature preschool.

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Summer 2019

Six students completed our Agroecology Summer Intensive this year. Learn about the varied interests and career paths that inspire students to study sustainable food systems. Also take a cross-property hike with the master’s students or consider signing your child up for the new nature preschool that Merry Lea will host.

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Spring 2019

Executive Director Luke Gascho retires after nearly 22 years of service. Read comments from board members, employees and students; find out what he’s planning next. Pages 6 and 7 review the month of May, from frogs and snails and eagles to rap.

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Winter 2019

See what keeps Merry Lea’s master’s students hopeful despite the state of the world, catch a glimpse of the new strategic plan and meet an array of new dialog partners. Page 7 will coach you on how to get the most out of Merry Lea’s land management webpages.

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Autumn 2018

Read about the first seminary students and the first Tanzanian to live at Merry Lea’s Rieth Village; see how the Kinderforest program has grown and keep up on staff transitions. Our public programs and our nearest town round out the mix.

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Summer 2018

We begin a series looking at Merry Lea’s place within its surrounding human community. The Merry Lea Sustainable Farm figures heavily in this issue. Also find out who became a master bird bander and who went to Alaska; who received a gift of honey and who gave time to help with sorghum.

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Spring 2018

Luckey’s Landing gets a facelift; the master’s in environmental education program concludes ten years and Kinderforest has an amazing year. Who got to go to Tanzania and who had to stay home and think about climate change? Who’s an expert on pheasant chicks? On blue holes? What about dumpster diving? Read more.

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Winter 2018

Merry Lea celebrates the inauguration of a new Goshen College president; staff recall what they like best about winter; students learn about themselves–and leadership–at the Sustainability Summit. Also pick up some tips on identifying trees in winter.

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50th Anniversary Edition

Merry Lea has now been in existence for 50 years. In this issue, we look back on our history of caring for land, educating about the environment and providing a place that re-creates body and spirit. Read about the Sunflower Festival, see old photos, discover how childhood experiences at Merry Lea have left their mark. Also watch our News page and Facebook page for additional photos and memories. Do you have one to share? Email mccn@goshen.edu.

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Autumn 2017

Read about Kinderforest, a gift of goats, alumni adventures, a cornfield encounter and the ways that our history provides us a visionary foundation. See who’s coming and going and find a quote from Wendell Berry to ponder.

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