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Faculty in Environmental Humanities

Jody Frey

Email: jfrey@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x166

Jody Frey came to Craftsbury from elsewhere in 1994, following the allure of big horses, rural landscapes, and the promise of learning with her whole being: axe in hand, foot on spade, pack on back, and rain down collar, she learned to connect classroom discussions with real-time applications of concepts in environmental studies.

Putting formal education on hold for over a decade, she immersed in a different kind of experiential learning: dairying and raising children on a traditional smallholding in Craftsbury. During this time she developed personal creative practices in fiber arts, basketry, and farmstead skills including hide tanning, dairy processing, and food preservation.

As faculty in environmental humanities, she embraces pedagogies that consider the practice of place-specific artisan skills in the dual contexts of environmental studies and our increasingly digital and globalized contemporary culture. She particularly likes to support students engaging in transdisciplinary independent studies.

Outside of Sterling, she continues to impose pattern and order on the corner of hayfield where she built her farmhouse. Her children Jason, Phoebe, and Verna assist in such projects as developing perennial gardens for dyeplants and ornamentals, softening tanned hides, and studying geology for purposes of lapidary arts. In mild weather she also schools her young quarter horse mare.

Education

A.A. Natural Resource Management, Sterling College, 1996
B.A. Sustainable Agriculture, Sterling College, 2010
M.A. Individualized Studies, Goddard College, 2013

Publications

“Sugaring: Revenge Isn’t Sweet.” Green Mountain Trading Post St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Vol. 34 (2006)

“Haying Against the Odds.” Green Mountain Trading Post St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Vol. 35 (2006)

In Pursuit of Purple: Learning From Alkanet.” Marshfield School of Weaving. Kate Smith, ed. November 2010. Marshfield School of Weaving.

“Ring.” Frogpond: The Journal of the Haiku Society of America Vol.34 No. 2 Spring/Summer (2011)

“Proof.” Frogpond: The Journal of the Haiku Society of America Vol. 34 No. 3 Autumn (2011)

Awards

1995 Field Scholarship, Sterling College
2008 First Place (Needlework–Lace Knitting/Handspun Wool), Vermont State Fair

2011 Teaching Fellowship, Sterling College

2011 Spirit of Goddard Scholarship, Goddard College

Presentations

Rural Heritage Institute/Sterling College. June 2010.

Natural Dye Workshop. The Gathering: Annual Conference of the Northeast Handspinners Association/Dover, Vermont. November 2010.

Lace Knitting Workshop. The Gathering: Annual Conference of the Northeast Handspinners Association/Dover, Vermont. November 2010.

Natural Dye Workshop. Old Stone House Museum Open House/Brownington, Vermont. July 2011.

Natural Dye Plant Walk and Workshop. Bonnieview Farm/Albany, Vermont. June and August 2012 (anticipated.)