Friday, April 23, 2010

GANG and IU SPEA Project - Weekly Blog Update

This spring semester 2010, an Indiana University undergraduate class of 35 students is learning how to design and construct a state-of-the-art compost system for the GANA garden. This class, “E400 Environmental Sustainability,” has been created by Melissa Clark, a lecturer at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Various members of this class have been assigned to write a blog. This week's post(s) follow.
From: Braedon Engle
Date: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 10:21 AM

This past Saturday the 17th of April was the garden workshop for the class. We met at the garden in the mid afternoon on a beautiful spring day. The weather was perfect, not to hot with a slight breeze. We were split up into three main work groups. One group constructed the composting systems from the recycled Coca-Cola barrels. We made 3 of the composting systems that will be useful in producing soil for the garden. Another group cleaned areas in yard for new lasagna beds to be constructed. The lasagna beds we made using a combination of layers of wood chips, sawdust, and cardboard. In the coming years the cardboard and other organics will break down and turn into soil. The last group was in charge of weeding the gardens from last year. Overall the day was a great success and we were able to get a lot of work done. I truly am looking forward to eating some produce from the gardens. A special thanks to Coca Cola for the barrels and Bloomingfoods for the cardboard.

Braedon A. Engle

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