Bath Bombs

Ashley Kritzstein, Daniel Herger, Sierra Gleason

Closing the Bath Bomb Mold

Throughout this last semester we have worked hard in the local Colton Community Garden, whether that be weeding, spreading mulch, or just cleaning up the garden beds. Meanwhile, in class, we have taken the time to learn more about holistic living and how to make mindful choices in everyday life. It only makes sense that our final project would join both of these pursuits.

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Biking and Chickens?: Tour de Coop

Sierra Gleason TourdecoopposterOn September 9th I had the incredible opportunity to participate in Tour de Coop, an event put on by Flagstaff Foodlink. It involved an entire day of biking around Flagstaff, enjoying both the scenery and local chicken coops.

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Rosemary’s Goats

It was an extremely windy day. Everybody met up outside of Rosemary’s house where she gave us a brief tour of her front yard. She pointed out different types of beds that we had discussed in class. This was a good example so we could have a visual to go along with the set ups we had learned about in the previous class. The wind really started to pick up so we went inside. Rosemary and her husband built their house with a Passive Solar design. The idea is that most of the windows are to the south of the house where the sun will shine in. This heats her house almost entirely in itself. Theres a wood burning stove in the living room that is the only other heat source in the house. For insulation the walls are built with apex block. This keeps most of the heat inside. The tile floors keep it cooler in the summer. After a tour of the house and everything they’d built into it, we went to the back yard to see the goats!IMG_8092Pickles and Petra are miniature goats that Rosemary had to get approved by the city. She tried for many years to get these goats approved to live in her yard. They’re now a part of the family. IMG_8095IMG_8094

We took the goats on a walk out to the field behind her house. We only got a little ways away when the goats stopped walking to feed on the brush. They feed for around 30 minutes and then continue to walk. It got very chilly so we headed inside. We had a brief meeting to discuss what we were going to do about advertising the holiday fair. From the window we saw tons of deer in the back. It was an awesome experience to see all the effort that Rosemary has put into her house to live a more sustainable life and reduce her carbon footprint.



By: Lira Bekiri and Mary Jenkins



Learning About Soils

By Chris Ignace and Hunter Wood

October 25, 2017

Weather: A nice in-room temperature of 68 Degrees Fahrenheit

During regular class on Wednesday the students were able to learn about soils from Hunter, Shyla, Ashley, Daniel, and Ciera.


Here we see some of students from the class learning about the composition of soil and how to tell if it is good soil or bad soil. The students were able to test the soil by placing the soil in their hand then squeezing it and seeing how well it clumped together, an indication that it is rich, healthy soil. They were also able to test it by sniffing it and seeing if had a prominent earthy smell, another good indication. Finally, they could observe the soil and see if it has a rich dark brown color. The dark color indicates that it is rich in humus which is the part of soil made up of organic matter. If the soil was able to pass all three test then the soil is fertile for gardening.


Here we have the samples of soil from the Colton Community Garden being tested. Additionally, starting from the left, we have the worst sample of soil. This soil is high in sand, therefore it makes it really gritty causing the color to be a light brown which lacks moisture and hummus. As we go up the line we can see the samples of soil increasing in quality because of the darkening of the soils due to an increase in hummus and clay which traps moisture.


Here we have the highest quality of topsoil! This sample came from the Colton Community Garden compost pile. It has a rich dark brown color indicating it has a lot of moisture, and is full of nutrients that are needed for a plant to thrive. This jar also contains the helpful workers of the garden, worms!


Here we see student Hunter Wood teaching the class how they can improve the quality of their soil by using a method of double digging. Initially, double digging is when someone spreads manure through out their planned garden area, and then digs multiple trenches. Soil from the first trench, goes into a wheel-barrel. Soil from the second trench, goes into the first trench. Ultimately, this process is repeated until you get to the last trench where the soil from the first trench will go. 

Everyday in this class, is a new experience and adventure! For one, the class gets to learn about permaculture and sustainable living which will benefit anyone.  


Working Hard At Boundaryless

By: Kandace Yazzie and Eshed Ozeri

Oct. 20, 2017( Friday Alts 1-3 pm)

Weather:  70 degrees Fahrenheit

During Friday, the ALTs team had began working on pitch ideas to present in the Wednesday upcoming class. At Boundaryless the students had worked with Kim Fessenden and the head director of Boundaryless.

Boundaryless is a place where innovative thinking happens and this is the perfect space for college students who are creating a product from scratch. It allows students to generate creative ideas with many places to brainstorm. For example, the picture below shows brainstormed ideas from a group developing yarn.

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The head of Boundaryless is super involved and interested in the students thinking. For instance, the picture above demonstrates how he participates and engages with the students in assisting them succeed to create their final product. The feedback from the director helped improve student pitches and made the process so much easier.

On that Friday Afternoon he showed us a template and a few videos about what a good pitch looks like. He even gave us the opportunity to practice our pitch with him in the room.

IMG_5396It is not your typical classroom space. There are comfy movable chairs, circular tables that have poster paper so that it is easily accessible to anyone in the group for the brainstorming process. If sofas are not your cup of tea, there are bar chairs that roll. With the big space available that offers different ways to engage with your group, everyone feels comfortable.

This was a fun and productive day for the students there. On Wednesday we had the opportunity to hear everyone’s pitches that were created in Boundaryless. The pitches were innovative, entertaining, and clearly showed the groups’ thoughts.

The final products will be sold at the Museum of Northern Arizona during their winter showcase.

We would definitely recommend working in Boundaryless if you want to generate creative, effective and productive ideas.

Product Development

On October 16, 2017 the Monday ALTS group met up in the Boundaryless lab to brainstorm new ides.

Weather: 71 degrees Fahrenheit

4:00 to 6:00pm

By: Hannah Humphrey and Kylie Berger


We have been introduced to Boundaryless @ NAU which, is a safe place for creative thinking and producing. For our final we have to come up with a “Sustainably & Locally Made” product. My group which includes Kylie Berger, Robert Gray, and Ryan Sanchez came up with the idea of Planting Kits. Boundaryless helps us figure out our product development and how we can sell it and resources we can use to make our product. IMG_2777

In this picture, Kim, is telling us what he expects of us in today’s ALTS and how we can use the employees at Boundaryless to find out more information on our product. Once Kim is finished we all started getting busy with what we needed to do. Everyone grabbed their whiteboards, markers, paper and laptops to help them plan out this product. IMG_2774 Ryan Sanchez and Robert Gray looking up the best way to do a sales pitch and how to execute it. All the groups by this time are together and working on their product. Some groups are ahead of others while other groups are still deciding on a good local and sustainable product they could make. As I was working with my group I heard other groups talking about days they could all meet up to go out and look for locally made products they could use. Other groups were focusing more on their sales pitch and how they were going to present it to the class. Overall this ALTS day allowed us to meet as a group and start getting a head start on our projects. Even though the ALTS time is cut an hour early since the lab is only open to 5pm we still got a lot of the stuff done that needed to be.


How Much are You Wooling to Help?

Friday ALTS October 13th 2017

Weather: Clear blue sky, 65 degrees, and no wind

By: Adaleigh Glassbrook and Claire Ghan

IMG_0370For Friday ALTS we split into three groups to divide the work that needed to be done. One group dug out stubborn weeds in order to provide room for new plants to grow in the upcoming season. Some of the weeds were left as they provided a good source of ground coverage without the risk of harming future growth. The second group pushed wheelbarrows of mulch to the areas where they were needed to help protect the ground. The much consisted mostly of wood-chips and pine-needles. These two groups worked together by the first clearing an area of weeds and the second by filling the newly cleared area with mulch. The groups then switched roles about halfway through our ALTs session time.IMG_0383The third group pulled apart pieces of raw wool to remove clumps of foreign matter and to prepare it for the next process in Christine and Candace project, cleaning. The wool was provided from Candace’s family sheep and she sheared some of it herself. The majority of us had never worked with wool before so it was quite an experience (we touched a lot of poop). There were a few large seeds found within the wool which we collected to avoid accidentally adding new plants to the garden. The wool group sat in the shady area of the willows which provided some cool relief from the warm weather. IMG_0385However, we were able to keep our spirits high by conversing about personal interests. Kim, pictured above, pulled apart raw wool tediously to clean it as much as he could. While the wool was not a typical ALTs project it was completed in order to help out our fellow classmates with their final project.We all had an enjoyable and memorable experience, while still working hard.