The Sterling Path

From then to now—and what lies ahead!

A look at how we came to be who we are, and the people who got us to this point. This timeline is incomplete because it needs YOU!  Share your photos, stories and milestones with us by emailing them to [email protected]


Sterling’s Continuing Education program, The School of the New American Farmstead, launches new programming, offering participants opportunities to earn Professional Certificates and chances to travel abroad while EcoGather moves Sterling into the distance-learning arena with the first higher education platform of its kind designed to advance ecological thinking and action as a foundation for building regenerative communities.


In May, 2021, Sterling graduated the first cohort of 12 students from the Wendell Berry Farming Program through which students earned a BA in Sustainable Agriculture. Wendell Berry provided the commencement address. In Vermont, Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Band of the Abenaki spoke to both the 2020 and 2021 graduates in Sterling’s first virtual commencement.

In June, 2021, the College entered into Memorandums of Agreement with five partner communities for its EcoGather initiative and the microsite was launched.

With over sixty years behind us and an ambitious ten-year strategic plan to guide us, Sterling embarked on a nine month journey that arrived to an updated identity in July 2021 that is both timely and timeless. This evolution supports the College in connecting learners to the Sterling mission, will engage future generations in the growing kinds of experiences that we offer, honors our history, and reflects our vision for the future. We have gratitude for the students, faculty, staff, trustees, advisors, alumnx, partners, and community members who served as our guides.

In August, 2021, Rachael Blansett joined Sterling College in a collaboration with College of the Atlantic (Maine) to serve as our first Diversity & Inclusion Fellow.

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Alumni Spotlight: Ladda Kosaketh ’12

Name:  Ladda Kosaketh Graduation Year: December 2012 Degree:  B.A. Outdoor Education & Leadership Current Hometown: I grew up in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and after living in several places after high school, I have come back to…

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Phillip John Carter ’03

Phillip John Carter, 33, of Salem, NH passed away on June 16th from injuries sustained in a tragic motor vehicle accident. Phill was born on March 15, 1982 in Somerville,…

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Alumni Spotlight: Vanessa Petro ’06

Name: Vanessa Petro Graduation Year: 2006 Education: 2013 MS Forest Science, Oregon State University; 2006 BA Conservation Ecology, Sterling College 2004; AA Natural Resource Management, Sterling College Current Hometown: Corvallis,…

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