Choice and Voice Walk
by Heather MacLeish
Welcome Blacksburg residents, Virginia Tech Students, and New River Valley visitors alike! My name is Heather MacLeish and I’m an undergraduate architecture student at Virginia Tech. You made a great choice visiting my site today! Speaking of choices, I’m sure you’ve noticed that we have to make choices all the time, everyday. These can be individual or group decisions that impact our futures and those we interact with. This site and audio walk will give more insight into the choices we make in the short and long-term, as individuals or in groups, as related to the food and environment culture in downtown Blacksburg. Some topics I will touch on are elements of buying in season, fair labor, getting coffee with your neighbors, and overcoming fears of sharing your ideas. Much of the information put into this project was collected from local farmers, small business owners, and community members, as well as the novel, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Try taking in what you see with open eyes and open ears, you might learn something that you never knew before. Some things that you recognize, you may never see the same way again! Like the contributors to this project, I hope your own personal voice can be liberated and you will be able to live your life by the values you believe. Bon Appétit!
Watch and listen to the walk
Where will you go?
The Chocolate Spike
During my research I went to interview Genie from The Chocolate Spike in Blacksburg.
Listen as she explains the difference between natural chocolate and commercial compound chocolate.
Excited about trash? Yeah I know, I know, it’s kind of smelly but look how it has become a part of our environment! In the beginning of my research I experimented with photography and discovered the aesthetics of trash. I called it "Human Avoid". Have a look!
Sterling Bridge Dairy
Come take a tour of Sterling Bridge Dairy in Willis, Va. Randy, Nancy, and Elliot would love to meet you!
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Ecological Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
The American Heart Association
Professor Mathew Eick, Crop and Soil Environmental Science at Virginia Tech, 1016 Foundations of Environmental Science
This work could not have been completed without the kind gestures of time and knowledge from the following members of our community:
Susan Ahn, Virginia Tech, Undergraduate, International Studies – Global Development m, Economics, Spanish, lady of all things sustainable
Gretchen Allen, Virginia Tech, Undergraduate, Communications, walker of the edibles
Margaret Breslau, HomeBody, fairest value holder in the land
Alex Burns, Undergraduate, Theatre and Cinema Arts, provisional critiquer
Scotty Coyne, Virginia Tech, Undergraduate, Electrical Engineering, skillful photographer and creative assistant
Elliot Crompton, Virginia Tech, Undergraduate, Industrial Design, handy man and bridger of information
Nancy Crompton, Sterling Bridge Dairy, queen of cheese
Randy Crompton, Sterling Bridge Dairy, gate keeper of foresight
Derek Ellison, Virginia Tech, Undergraduate, Architecture, wise advice giver
Anja Haelg Bieri, Virginia Tech, Instructor and Graduate Student, SPIA, editor and chief at large
Innovation Space Staff, Virginia Tech, apple experts
Bill and Kathy MacLeish, Parents, green givers
Charlotte Maitland, Virginia Tech, Undergraduate, Agriculture and Applied Economics, reliable 24/7
Genie Ranck, The Chocolate Spike, dessert maker extraordinaire
Derren Rosbach, Virginia Tech, Professor, SPIA, governor of globalization
Ellen Stewart, Blacksburg Farmers Market, great leader of order and fresh ideas
We invite you to go to the Guestbook on our webpage and contribute your thoughts on your experience! Thank you for visiting!