Composting Program

The Problem

Limit food waste from Berkshire community. Lower downsteam carbon emissions associated with shipping waste from Berkshire.

Plan of Action

After a weeklong trial period, students of the Conservation Class found that the Sage Dining Services produced roughly 350 lbs of waste that could be composted (a normal part of the preparation process). Foods that can be composted include fruits, vegetables, tea bags, and anything else that does not have either meat or dairy in it. Because of the successful trial period, the students will now work full time with Sage Dining Services to ensure all food scraps are being placed in the composting bins. At the end of each lunch, students wheel the scraps from the dining hall up to the composting area. Here, they are mixed with leaves, sawdust, and other earthly products. Over a period of several months, the food (nitrogen source) and leaves (carbon source) decompose, giving off high quality soil that will be exchanged for fresh produce with Farm Girl Farm in Egremont, MA.

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