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1 Jack Albrittain, Cater Corley, Becca Garman, Mahlon Henderson, Christiane Repenning

2 The Duke Endowment James B. Duke Duke, Davidson, Furman, Johnson C. Smith Sustainability projects totaling $3.85 million Watering system for row crops, walk-in cooler to keep produce fresh, passive solar greenhouse, tools and fencing

3 Theresa Allen Over 3400 pounds of produce in 2013 8% fruit 21% leaf greens 28% starch veggies 32% tomatoes and cucumbers 11% other

4 Where Does It Go? 60% Vail Commons 36% Much Ado 4% Davis Café 0% outside of Davidson College

5 Problems Infertile soil Deer, rabbits Perennial weeds Insects US Foods prices

6 Solutions? Composting Electric fence Peanut butter Pesticides (just kidding!) Crop rotation

7 The Basics of Composting Process that involves biological decomposition of organic matter under controlled, aerobic conditions Produces stable, humus- like product, which could be used as a sustainable fertilizer Five different types of composting

8 Vermicomposting Assortment of worms, usually red wigglers, are placed in bin with organic material (Egg shells, paper scraps, leftover food) Requires few materials and produces high- quality compost called “casting” Worm tea, an excellent liquid fertilizer for houseplants and gardens, is also produced in the process

9 Composting as a Social Movement Sustainable and empowering Reasons to compost: – Produces sustainable fertilizer as an alternative to synthetic/chemical fertilizers – Products breakdown into nutrients for the soil – Reduces trash costs

10 Implications in Sustainability Taking advantage of a natural process “Worms are the guts of the earth” Reducing waste Best for soil health in the long term Increases in farm productivity The three E’s of sustainability

11 Modeled in Davidson Farm Food waste and farm waste Vermicomposting as a solution Turning trash into treasure Theresa’s farm is completely organic To produce she needs healthy soil Vermicomposting bridges the gap between our waste, the farms bi products and the food we eat Food and Farm wastes biodegradation Vermicomposter Worm castings Healthy Soil Food production

12 Environmental Education Increase public awareness and knowledge on environmental issues Encourage critical thinking Shouldn’t advocate one particular opinion Interdisciplinary approach

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