Sustainability 101: What it is, Why it Matters, and How We’re Living It

Triple Bottom Line, Graduate Programs

What is sustainability?

Simply put, sustainability is the kind of development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Although this sounds modest, its embrace is wide, profound, and far-reaching, encompassing social, economic, political, and environmental factors.

We could easily go the way of the dodo bird if we fail to collaborate with nature’s limited resources, which leads us to sustainability: a frequently misunderstood word that deserves clarification, especially when applied to agriculture, food, and food production.


White Gate Farm: Where I Experienced Authentic Farm-to-Table Sustainability

Alternative Learning

Coming from Green Mountain College's campus and from Vermont — ground zero for Sustainable Food Systems, Farm-to-Table, and the Fresh Food Movement — it’s always a delight to discover the spirit of healthy, delicious, and sustainable food alive and well in other states.

I already blogged about my visit to Kai Kai Farms in Stuart, Florida. But in March, my friend David arranged for a surprise visit to White Gate Farm, a thriving Farm-to-Table establishment in East Lyme, Connecticut. I was only too happy to accept!

Keep reading for a look at responsible agriculture and authentic farm-to-table initiatives in practice!


Experiencing Farm-to-Table: A Professor's Visit to Kai Kai Farm in Florida

Alternative Learning

My name is Darryl Benjamin, and I'm a professor at Green Mountain College, teaching in the College's Master of Sustainable Food Systems/Resilient and Sustainable Communities.

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, I had the privilege of visiting an outstanding farm-to-table farm in Stuart, Florida.

Read on to learn a little bit more about my experience visiting Kai Kai Farm (and for some lovely photos of Eucalyptus trees and sprouting seedlings!).




For more than 20 years, Green Mountain College has been focused on environmental, social and economic sustainability. Our curriculum is rated #1 in the nation, and we’ve been recognized for our leadership in sustainability more than any other college in the country. Our faculty are leaders in their fields, with proven success teaching and mentoring GMC students to take on the great challenges of these times. 97% of our graduates are employed, in graduate school or otherwise gainfully engaged.

If you too want to learn how to do well by doing good, GMC is the place to be.