If you don’t, you need to! I had the privilege recently to meet leaders of ESF’s Student Environmental Education Coalition (SEEC). SEEC focuses on teaching inner city students both at the elementary and high school level about the importance of urban agriculture and environmental stewardship through weekly hands on lessons. In addition to their work in schools, SEEC works with the Brady Faith Center and Syracuse Grows on community gardens, an urban farm in Syracuse, and at Greyrock Farm in Cazenovia.
SEEC hopes that by connecting students with the community they will be able to form relationships
that help build a bridge between our campus and the city of Syracuse. As most of their work is done off campus, they make sure to host events on campus too.
One of SEEC’s most popular events on campus is the Apple Bash Insomniac Event located in Nifkin lounge every October. They celebrate fall by having an apple themed event consisting of our whole apple pie eating contest, Apple Jax bracelet making, apple cider donut eating competitions in addition to many more apple themed fun activities.
SEEC also held two “firsts” on campus last year. One was a CNY Girl Scouts Day in which they taught environmental lessons with the help of other clubs on campus. The second was a Farmers Market in which students were able to sell their homemade goods and show off their talents. In addition, Greyrock Farms came to campus and sold fresh produce to our campus community.
Although SEEC received the 2016 SUNY-ESF Student Organization of the Year Award, we all can do more to “shout out” the value they add to our campus community and to our larger community. Please join me in recognizing and celebrating the outstanding individuals involved in SEEC and the great work they are doing. Connect with SEEC on Facebook
Thanks, SEEC! Have a great year.
Dr. Chuck Spuches, ESF Outreach