2012 Winners



Ben Stasiuk ’14 – Uncle B’s Firenuts is a specialty food product that blends the intense heat of homegrown heirloom hot peppers with the flavors of bourbon and wood smoke. With a proven recipe, product packaging and a logo already, the next step is to expand his business and move from selling directly to individuals to selling the nuts in stores.

Austin Ritter ’12.5 and Greg Dier ’12.5 – With waterbodies across North America threatened by the invasive Eurasian milfoil, Integrated Milfoil Management intends to bring MiddFoil® technology, a process developed by Professor Sheldon to grow and distribute a native insect that selectively feeds on the invasive plant, in order to help provide sustainable milfoil control in Vermont’s waterbodies.



Nathan Weil ’15, Harry Zieve Cohen ’15, Chris Kennedy ’15, Jack Cookson ’15, Oliver Meyers ’15, Elias Gilman ’15, Eduardo Deniño-Beck ’15 – A market-based, transaction-oriented and self-sustaining hunger relief program, Middlebury Foods will pair with producers, churches and community organizations, enabling Vermonters to purchase supermarket-quality food at fast-food prices.

Cailey Cron ’13.5 and Molly Shane ’13.5 – In hopes of helping to relieve food insecurity in Addison County, Share the Surplus will collaborate with students, dining services and local food non-profits to make excess prepared food from the Middlebury College dining system available to local people in need.


Aidesha-Kiya Vega-Hutchens ’13.5 and Jun Chen ’13.5 – By collecting and compiling narrative pieces from both “victims” and “perpetrators” throughout New England, War at Home[room] seeks to document bullying in the education systems, in an effort to comprehend how the legacy of both the bullied and the bully ripples through one’s life.

Moss Turpin ’14 and Dylan Redford ’14 – WEDIDIT, a mixed documentary/fiction film chronicling one of the few musical collectives in which members collaborate on work but release music individually, will explore the L.A.-based collective’s unique collaborative creative process, as well as the boundaries between documentary and fiction.

Programs on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts

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