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Augie Acres Presentation by Bryan Schmid and Stephanie Dilling Sustainability Summit 4/21/09 Augie Acres Presentation by Bryan Schmid and Stephanie Dilling Sustainability Summit 4/21/09

Description § Four vacant, blighted parcels § Located one block northwest of main campus Description § Four vacant, blighted parcels § Located one block northwest of main campus § Unbuildable due to soil subsidence § Adjacent to five similar parcels owned by the City of Rock Island

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Beginnings § Environmental Learning Community final project § Interdepartmental coordinated research § Biology § Beginnings § Environmental Learning Community final project § Interdepartmental coordinated research § Biology § Business § Geography § Help from Jim Johansen, one of Augustana’s Farm-to-Fork farmers

Academic Tie-ins § Learning Community § Two related courses centered around the environment § Academic Tie-ins § Learning Community § Two related courses centered around the environment § Class projects § Local Culture house § Work at Wesley Acres § Potential for other departments to utilize the site

Goals § SUSTAINABILITY § Augment existing programs: § § § Farm-to-Fork Buy Fresh, Buy Goals § SUSTAINABILITY § Augment existing programs: § § § Farm-to-Fork Buy Fresh, Buy Local Quad Cities Augustana’s Environmental Action Plan § Spread knowledge of simple agricultural processes § Benefit numerous academic departments

Goals § Develop a fiscally responsible project § Keep project costs to a minimum Goals § Develop a fiscally responsible project § Keep project costs to a minimum § Provide Food Services with a less expensive product § Connect Augustana and the surrounding community

Short-Term Goals § Turn the following sets of crops this year: § Early: Spinach, Short-Term Goals § Turn the following sets of crops this year: § Early: Spinach, lettuce, Swiss chard, cabbage, radishes, beets, peas, herbs, potatoes, onions § Middle: Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, carrots, green beans § Late: Spinach, lettuce, raspberries, garlic (harvested in spring), § Generate interest from student body § § § First-year courses Environmental courses New major: Environmental studies § Create a student group to sustain interest

Current Status § Group had a clean-up in early April § Tilled April 17 Current Status § Group had a clean-up in early April § Tilled April 17 th § Planted numerous crops since § Student group being chartered § Developing marketing § Addressing ongoing concerns

Long-Term Plans § If successful, expansion is possible and encouraged § Orchard from heirloom Long-Term Plans § If successful, expansion is possible and encouraged § Orchard from heirloom rootstock § Campus-wide involvement § Edible rain garden § Cyclical process of supplying food for campus

Sustainability Aspects § Reuse of blighted, vacant property not fit for building § Local Sustainability Aspects § Reuse of blighted, vacant property not fit for building § Local produce Minimal carbon footprint § Organic agriculture § Fiscally self sustainable in the long-term § Catching runoff in rain garden § Stabilization of a compromised slope

Learning Experiences § § § § Get things started early Communicate clearly and regularly Learning Experiences § § § § Get things started early Communicate clearly and regularly Think creatively Use any available resources on campus and online Reciprocity – Give and receive Persistence Set reasonable goals

Acknowledgements § § § Jim Johansen of Wesley Acres Drs. Charles Mahaffey and Jason Acknowledgements § § § Jim Johansen of Wesley Acres Drs. Charles Mahaffey and Jason Peters Mary Chappell, City of Rock Island The Augustana administration Sustainability Committee of Augustana College § All who have given time to the project

Thank You Thank You