Setting roots in Chautauqua County

Recently, 24 students taking the Environmental Literature class (ENG 333) at SUNY Fredonia came to Greystone Nature Preserve on Bear Lake Road in Fredonia for the day.

Dr. Christina Jarvis who teaches the class designed the day so that students could have a personal experience in nature. After students arrived at Greystone Nature Preserve, they received instruction about tree planting and groups chose a tree.

Six spruce trees purchased at Glenn Acres Nursery in Fredonia through a grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation were set into the ground with tender care. Each student placed a pre-selected stone near his/her tree as a symbol of protection and hope for its future.

After planting, the students enjoyed a meal of homemade chicken soup, salad, bread, quiches and several pies. The foods came from Fredonia organic sources. Even the organic bread was made by Mindy McGuinn, a local baker.

The students shared their planting experiences and conversation while enjoying this wholesome food and being entertained by the flock of chickens which free range at Greystone Nature Preserve. In all, it was a day to close the literature books and open the mind and heart to the Chautauqua environment.