Did You Know . . . ?


. . . that there are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world, yet fewer than 20 species now provide 90% of our food. However, there are hundreds of less well-known edible plants from all around the world that are both delicious and nutritious.

Drawing by Sarah Claggett '08

St. Mary's Project Spotlight

Ethnographic Fiction

Adam Peterson’s SMP draws from his experiences living and working in an isolated community in Caribbean Costa Rica. His project is intended not only as a creative piece, but as ethnographic writing that gives insight into another culture. The story itself is largely fictional; however, it illustrates a common experience of Jamaican immigrants in Costa Rica and the role in their lives of the nesting Leatherback, Hawksbill, Green, and Loggerhead turtles.


Upcoming Environmental-Studies Events


February 25: Arboretum Committee Meeting. Library Board Room, 3:30 PM. All students, staff, faculty welcome.

February 28: Polar Bear Plunge. Waterfront, 3:30 PM. Wear close-toed shoes (not sandals) that you keep on during the plunge! Those oyster shells can be brutal on the feet. Meatless cookout follows.


March 30 - April 5: Arbor Week. "The Global Arboretum: Human Impact." There will be a variety of events on campus for Arbor Week, including arboretum tours, a tree planting, a rain-barrel workshop, other service projects and lectures. Keep an eye on this space.