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Jack Albrittain , Cater Corley, Becca Garman, Mahlon Henderson, Christiane Repenning. The Duke Endowment . James B. Duke Duke, Davidson, Furman, Johnson C. Smith Sustainability projects totaling $ 3.85 million

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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 production Food and Farm wastes Healthy Soil Worm castings Vermicomposter biodegradation

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