Welcome back Hornets!
My name is Lindsey Van Zile and I will be LC’s Campus Sustainability Intern this year. As part of my internship I will be posting in the Red Goes Green Blog, promoting recycling and initiating a compost program on campus. As a Senior Environmental Studies student, I hope to leave a legacy on campus and create an interest in campus sustainability for students in the future.
Last spring a big environmental project began on our campus! Dr. Henry-Stone’s Sustainable Living class worked hard to transform unused space at Beaver Point into a large garden area. Over the summer, the garden was maintained by students working on the grounds crew or completing summer courses.This summer’s harvest included tomatoes, sunflowers, basil, oregano, thyme, carrots, peas, strawberries, potatoes, and lettuce. This fall, volunteers have been working on harvesting the last of the large tomatoes as well as grape tomatoes, cucumbers, lima beans, green beans, jalapeno peppers, chile peppers, zucchini, and even a few pumpkins. Many of these plants flourished during the late summer, and are continuing growth due to the “summer like” climate. Earlier this month, additional seedlings were installed in the garden including swiss chard, spinach, and lettuce. This is just a portion of the fall plantings this season.
As you may have heard, the LC community has welcomed five chickens to our garden as of August, thanks to the generous donation of business student Kevin Williams, who keeps chickens at home. These chickens are still fairly young and it is rewarding to watch them grow. The chickens are contained in a coop that was built and donated by an LC Environmental Studies alum, Nels Erickson. Now that the chickens are beginning to grow bigger, those involved with the garden project are considering other ways to contain them in a larger space. It will take an average of six months for the chickens to lay their eggs so we definitely have to remain patient. Having chickens in the garden was not an original part of the plan, but it is beneficial to use the chicken’s waste to add nutrients to the soil. By moving the coop throughout the area of the garden,which has tall wire grass, the chickens are able to graze the grass and fertilize at the same time.