Now in it’s third academic year, this program was envisioned as a way to connect students with their own food sources while also addressing dining hall food waste. These hardy animals convert plate scrapings and kitchen scraps back into wholesome, local, and humanely raised meat. This spring we reared seven pigs for slaughter (yielding roughly 700 pounds of pork), and another seven for sale to neiboring homesteads. 

From animal health and nutrition to watershed dynamics, opportunities to integrate with classroom learning abound. Most recently, students in Physics for Sustainability undertook a project to better quantify and sort dining hall waste. The elegant sorting station they designed and constructed has dramatically increased waste recapture for feeding the hogs. Campus composting of the remaining material is a high priority for next year.


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