The UA Community and School Garden Program hired a Graduate Research Assistant to develop and conduct a systematic assessment of the Garden Program’s impact on community participants and UA interns. Participating interns observed and evaluated their peers in consultation with each other, the graduate assistant, and faculty instructors. The quantifiable data this system produces hopes to secure outside funding from the likes of the National Science Foundation and the William T.
Through the UA Community and School Garden Program, UA interns use garden-based lessons to help K-12 students understand abstract ideas like the carbon cycle and photosynthesis, and larger topics ranging from nutrition to food security and social justice. In the summer of 2013 eight interns attended a sustainability-in-education summer institute in New York.
The community food bank helps set up gardens for low income families in their backyard. The Compost Cats donate their compost to these gardens.
The Compost Cats promote composting and recylcing at the Tucson Meet Yourself Festival. It is a chance to learn more about composting habits and become more aware of sustainability.
The Compost Cats promote composting and recylcing at the Oro Valley Meet Yourself Festival. It is a chance to learn more about composting habits and become more aware of sustainability.
The Compost Cats compost the food from Spring Fling.
The Local Sourcing at the Student Union is run by the Compost Cats with the assistance of the head chef of the Student Union, Chef Omo. The compost from the union is used on the farm and then the crops from the farm are used to cook food for the union. The goal is to go full circle using composting and farming.
UA’s cutting-edge biomedical campus has instituted a campaign to turn food waste into nutrient-rich soil for a local medicinal garden. Sponsored by the UA’s Green Fund, and partnered with AZ Valley Compost the team behind this project has set a goal of collecting 500 pounds of compostable refuse per week, from four pickup locations around campus.
The BIO5 Institute shows the steps to begin composting in the workplace with a short, student-produced video funded by the Green Fund. This three-minute video addresses the key task of persuading the Keating building’s 425 occupants to participate by promoting food composting as a simple and cost-effective way to green the UA and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, and serves as a model for other office’s looking for ways to go green.
A new solar-powered high tunnel greenhouse examines the nexus of resource use and sustainable food production strategies in hot, arid climates or challenged regions where access to food production resources may be limited.