The Grove is where the magic happens. It is the forest area between the Living Learning Houses, the Arcus Center for Social Justice, and the Trowbridge parking lot. The entrance is to the right of the stairs in the DeWaters parking lot. The Grove is home to a variety of different organisms as well as the buckets, tools, and compost piles the Crew uses to process the food waste we collect. We maintain our piles throughout the school year and when the piles are finished, the soil is open to everyone!
The Composting Program continues to be student-led with the support of Facilities Management and the Center of Environmental Stewardship; founded in 2009 by Rob Townsend (formerly employed by Facilities Management). Community members drop off their compost while the Composting Crew collects food waste around campus. Throughout the school year, the Composting Program aims to inform the campus community about the ecological environment alongside our relationship to food and waste.
With K students, we host Groove Grove, Smashing Pumpkins to the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Composting Class. Groove Grove is an arts-based event where students gather in the Grove, enjoy performances by their peers, and eat together. Smashing Pumpkins allows students to get into the Fall spirit by destroying rotting pumpkins and composting the remains.
In our PE class, PED 128-Composting, students learn about compost by composting in the Grove! This class is facilitated by two Composting Crew members with the help of Sara Stockwood, the class’s faculty advisor and the Director for Environmental Stewardship.
Want to find out more about the composting program? Go to the Composting page to find out more information.
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