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M&T donates $15,000 to Wilson College

December 07, 2011
  • From left, J. Bret Elbin, M&T Bank vice president; Vickie Howe, administrative vice president; Barbara K. Mistick, president of Wilson College; Mary Hendrickson, vice president for academic affairs/dean of the faculty at Wilson; and Christine Mayer, program manager for the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The M&T Bank Charitable Foundation recently presented Wilson College with a ceremonial check for $15,000, to be used to help construct an outdoor learning pavilion at college farm.

M&T Bank Vice President J. Bret Elbin and Administrative Vice President Vickie Howe presented the check to Wilson President Barbara K. Mistick, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty Mary Hendrickson and Fulton Center for Sustainable Living Program Manager Christine Mayer at the site where the outdoor classroom will be built.

The $15,000 has been pledged over five years and will cover part of the estimated $26,500 cost of the outdoor learning pavilion.

Wilson's outdoor classroom will be used to host environmental education and sustainability classes at Fulton Farm, which is part of Wilson's Fulton Center for Sustainable Living. Founded in 1994, the center hosts more than 1,500 visitors a year.

It includes:

 The Fulton Farm, a 50-acre farmstead with a seven-acre, certified naturally grown vegetable farm that raises more than 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs.

 A Community-Supported Agriculture program serving approximately 100 members of the surrounding community. CSA members pay for "shares" of the Fulton Farm's harvests each year.

 The Robyn Van En Center, a national resource center that maintains a voluntary database of CSAs across the United States. The center is named for the late Robyn Van En, who introduced the CSA concept in North America in 1985.

 Numerous educational and demonstration programs on such topics as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and composting.

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