Kelsey Hallowell ‘12 worked with the Center for Environment & Society during all four years of her time at Washington College. An Environmental Studies major with a minor in Anthropology and a concentration in Chesapeake Bay Regional Studies, she began working with CES as a recycling assistant.
During her sophomore year, she created “Give ‘n Go,” a collection program during move out for items students no longer want, need, or have room to fit in their car for the ride home. The program collected electronics, bedding, school supplies, clothing, kitchen items, and food to donate to Women In Need, Nearly New, Empty Hangers, and the local food pantry in Chestertown. Kelsey was dedicated to this program because “I believe it is important to keep working, useable items out of dumpsters and landfills and rather redistributed to people who will “re-use” them.”
During Kelsey’s sophomore year, she took part in the first Chesapeake Semester. “Alongside eight other students, I was given the opportunity to travel and learn about the Chesapeake Bay. We met with historians, large and small-scale farmers, policymakers, developers, watermen, artists, and foraged for our own food while camping. During this semester, I developed a passion of local foods. It was an important semester for us all, to get out of the classroom and really experience the instability of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.”
Kelsey also interned at Colchester Farm: Community Supported Agriculture as the education intern. At Colchester she assisted with harvesting and preparations for the weekly pick-ups. In addition she coordinated adult cooking classes with local chefs, utilizing as many local products as possible. She co-directed a children’s camp that was based on the farm, which included trips out to the field, cooking activities, art activities, and other recreational games. She also assisted with coordinating ‘Tribute to Local Taste,” a dinner that showcased various chefs dishes that utilized local ingredients.
Campus Garden Founding
During the summer of 2010, Kelsey created a proposal for a Community Garden and College Farm. Her dream is for Washington College to continue to move in an environmentally-friendly direction, by decreasing their dependence on non-environmentally-friendly food producers. Working with the Student Environmental Alliance, she helped to establish a garden run by students to grow healthy, fresh produce for the dining hall. She envisions the ongoing construction of small garden plots for members of the Chestertown community, so that they too can also have access to affordable, fresh produce.