The New York Times reported yesterday that more college campuses are doing away with the rolling green lawns in favor of farming. Institutions such as UMass at Amherst, Green Mountain College, and Duke University think an edible school garden is not only a great part of the curriculum but a more environmentally sustainable way to keep the grounds. Rather than pumping their grassy acres with fertilizer and weed killer, they're opting for a greener approach.
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Farming on the Campus Quad
By KELLY SLIVKA
Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt., for example, has just finished turning the front lawn of one campus building into a garden for its Lawn to Edible Garden project.
“We’re trying to bust open the notion of what a front lawn might look like,” said Philip Ackerman-Leist, an associate professor at the college who directs the project. He said the reason that Americans like grassy lawns so much is the country’s British roots. “The notion of the lawn is an import from the well-grazed areas of the British Isles,” he said, joking that a herd of sheep might be even better suited for a college quadrangle than a garden.
Mr. Ackerman-Leist said 25 students had built their college garden in five days as part of an Edible Landscaping class. They focused on aesthetics and on limiting costs. “It’s difficult to eat local and buy local and do it on a budget,” he said, so the project teaches students and others in the community how local food can be produced right on the lawn.
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Image courtesy of Green Mountain College.