Day 3: Trekking to Japan!

As you may know, we really like to stretch the boundaries of the classroom out here at the Morven Summer Institute and today, well, we hiked to Japan! Talk about stretching some boundaries, huh?

Ok, so maybe we didn’t actually make the cross-oceanic/continental trip to the island nation known as Japan, but we did take an inspiring trip to the Morven Japanese Garden. And let me tell you, with all of those beautiful Japanese maples, you feel as though you’ve leapt halfway across the world in a matter of minutes!

Meg, the head gardner at the Japanese Garden, led us on a wonderful tour of the garden and traditional Japanese structures in the garden.

Check it out:

Students following Meg the gardener through the beautiful Japanese Garden at Morven!

Students following Meg the gardener through the beautiful Japanese Garden at Morven!

Sitting at a traditional Japanese dinner table, the floor is carved out underneath the table where everyones' legs go! "Sushi please??"

Sitting at a traditional Japanese dinner table, the floor is carved out underneath the table where everyones’ legs go! “Sushi please??”

Students looking oh-so-zen in the Japanese Garden!

Students looking oh-so-zen in the Japanese Garden!

Other cool happenings during the day included the screening of the documentary “Fresh” in the Food and Politics class! Fresh is a documentary about sustainable living and farming and features Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin, and Will Allen. I think that students really enjoyed watching it!

Meanwhile, students of the Agro-Ecology class were busy at work mapping out the details of the agricultural experiments that they will be conducting in the kitchen garden over the next week and a half. Can’t wait to see what cool things they come up with!

Another picture perfect day out at Morven!

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