- Local, sustainably grown produce to the campus community and the Connecticut Food Bank,
- Opportunities for the campus community to participate in the practice of growing food and engage with a community of people interested in the broader consequences of food production, and
- An outdoor laboratory for courses and faculty/student research collaborations.
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Over 70% of North American packaged foods contain GMOs, and according to the ISAAA (International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications), there are approximately 1.2 billion acres of genetically modified crops worldwide. The most common GMO obsessed crops grow soybeans, corn, cotton, and canola. So we at the Fairfield Garden feel it is important to elaborate exactly on what GMOs are, and why we make it a point to not have them in our own garden, since they are so pervasive in our society.
Fairfield University community members Drs. Lisa Newton, Jennifer Klug, Tod Osier and James Fitzpatrick were honored with the inaugural ‘Leaders in Campus Sustainability Awards,’ given by the University’s Program on the Environment.
Over the past 10 years, Fairfield University has become more environmentally conscious and “green,” especially this year when the Single Stream Recycling system was put into place. Single Stream Recycling is a system that is extremely simple for the consumer because anything recyclable is able to be placed in the same bin
The campus garden, located by the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, exemplifies living and learning outside the classroom. Initiated by Dana August ’11, Co-director of Projects for LEAF, the garden acts as an outdoor classroom for biology and environment students. Growing organic food for the University’s dining hall creates hands-on experiences with food production and the local food economy.
Leaders for Environmental Action at Fairfield (LEAF) is a project-oriented club that encourages its members to pursue grass-roots campus projects, and provides students with the contacts and resources necessary to undertake them.