Mary Loomis is a senior pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Her studies have been guided by her interest in environmental literature, experiential education, and sustainable agriculture, and she is currently working on a creative-nonfiction thesis exploring “sense of place.”


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Dorothy’s “emerald city” might have been in the Land of Oz, but drive into any U.S. suburb and you will be greeted by an equally verdant landscape, one dominated by the American lawn. However, despite their ubiquity, there was once a time when grassy lawns were not so popular. Their rise reflects the aesthetics of […]

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