Friday, July 17, 2009
Beauty To Embrace~
My hubby and I just returned from a 4 day getaway at Berea, KY.
I just have to share the beauty and exceptional action that is taking place in this rather small but very progressive town.
First off the whole town is designed and functions around the 4 year Liberal Arts college. Dating back to the 1800's, the town and the school have always been dependant on each other for their success.
The school owns the entire square of the town....the shops, restaurants, hotel, coffee shops, museums, etc., etc.
All of these places are staffed with students from the college in some manner.
They are required to work 10 to 15 hours a week while carrying a full load of classes. There is no tuition from any student, they do however pay a part of their room and board..the school also offers assistance in this dept.
They are encouraged to study abroad for so many credits and the school helps fund most of this cost.
The campus and town is such a delight to visit....everywhere you look there are gardens, flowers, herbs, and vegetables.
The school owns and works over a thousand acres in vegetable gardens, this all goes into the feeding of the students and the commercial establishments for the public.
Some of the best food I have ever had the pleasure of eating.
Oh...and yes, they do practice sustainable, organic, and environmental healthy actions in every undertaking.
I brought back some wonderful ideas for my own gardens and will share those as time goes on.
Live simple and lend a helping hand every day~