or the last three years Wild Goose organic demonstration farm has been taking shape
on 20 acres outside Lewisburg.
Fostering sustainability and community is no wild goose chase at Lewisburg farm
By Erica L. Shames
Under the tutelage of Professor David
Kristjanson-Gural, economics, and wife
Kathy, Bucknell students and the Lew-isburg-area community have developed
cutting-edge projects to demonstrate
the viability of growing local, organic and
affordable food sustainably.
Drawing on their experiences with
food-related projects locally, in Costa
Rica and in western Massachusetts,
the Kristjanson-Gurals teach the
importance of sustainability. But
their mission at Wild Goose Farm
goes further. This family-owned-and-
operated membership organization is
an experiment in learning and teach-
ing about healthful and sustainable
“This struck us as a great remedy for
the angst we feel about the fact that
the planet and the climate are chang-
ing,” says David Kristjanson-Gural,
who is a senior fellow in Bucknell’s
residential Social Justice College.
Bucknell students play vital roles on
the farm. Last year, students from Net
Impact, the on-campus networking
organization that matches students
with internships and jobs in sustain-
ability, toured the farm to gain insights
into its operation.
“Kathy opened our eyes to the im-
portance of the local food movement,”
says Marissa Graham ’ 16. “We learned
about integrated pest management and
how chickens help cultivate the garden.
It piqued our interest in larger food
After reading Richard Louv’s Last
Child in the Woods, about the divide
between children and the outdoors,
Kathy was inspired to make the wood-
land area of the farm more inviting to
families and young children. She
engaged Management 101 students,
led by Daniella Kotowitz ’ 18, to
develop an interactive play trail.
“The project fit our company, B’s
Gear for Children’s Cheer, since it was
hands-on, benefited the local community, left a long-term impact and enabled
us to see change,” says Kotowitz.
Last fall, Professor Andrew Stuhl’s
environmental humanities class built
a green microshelter with timber har-
vested from trees felled by Hurricane
Sandy. Designed to demonstrate the
viability of the microshelter move-
ment, the building has a sustainable
foundation of compressed earth and
passive solar energy gathered through
judicious placement of the structure.
Sigma Chi fraternity members
helped clear downed trees in prepara- GO
Wild Goose Farm intern Sierra Meggitt ’ 20 plants rosemary in a brick planter that she built.