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ReThink: Student Eco Reps design compost system at Bartram's Farm

November 4, 2015

Since 2009, Penn’s Student Eco-Reps have served as waste minimization champions on campus as they have encouraged their peers to change their waste disposal habits. This fall, Eco Reps are working on Sustainability Impact Projects, a new feature of the Eco Reps program designed to further expand students’ environmental leadership. Eco-Reps are partnering with thirteen community and campus organizations to implement hands-on, outcomes-based projects. You can read more about the Impact Projects here.

During ReThink your Footprint, we will be highlighting four Eco-Rep Impact Projects that are focused on waste minimization and diversion. Check out how Penn’s Eco Reps are helping the greater Philadelphia community reuse, reduce, recycle, and compost!

Bartram’s CFFC Compost Design

College House Eco-Reps Elena Crouch and Celine Cummings and Greek Eco Rep Madison Bell-Rosof are partnering with Bartram’s Community Farm and Food Resource Center (CFFRC) to design a replicable, 3- bin composting system. The CFFRC is a 3.5-acre site located in the southwest quadrant of Bartram’s Garden, a public garden and National Historic Landmark. It includes an annual vegetable farm, a 60-bed community garden, an orchard with 120 trees, a greenhouse/food resource center, and an education and kitchen space. CFFRC currently spends hundreds of dollars each growing season purchasing organic compost to apply to their garden and farm plots. Elena, Celine, and Madison are working with the CFFRC to design an active, aerobic compost system that would allow the CFFRC to reduce waste, provide soil resources for residents in Southwest Philadelphia who want to grow their own food, and reaffirm the CFFRC’s commitment to creating sustainable systems for community sovereignty. The Eco-Reps will be presenting their compost system design to CFFRC stakeholders at the end of the semester. They hope to create a model that can be utilized by urban farms throughout the country, helping small-scale growers produce compost independently and efficiently. 

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