Sustainability and Composting at IU

The weather this week has been feeling more like fall than any other, and I got the chance to spend an afternoon outdoors enjoying the new cool temperatures and learning all about sustanability and composting at IU. 


I met with Sara Swan, garden coordinator and a junior at IU, at Hilltop Garden Center. Many students may not even notice this cool plot of land tucked right off 10th Street. It is where gallons of food waste go each week to be composted and then used as soil to fertilize the garden produce! 

The food waste comes from Union Street Dining and also Collins Dining Center on campus, and then the produce grown in the garden is used on campus by RPS dining as well. It's a really cool process and helps cut down on unnecessary waste in a lot of areas, including fewer greenhouse gases emitted into the air.

Sara was really helpful and showed us how the composting works. I even got to try some tomatoes fresh off the plants! She said one of their main goals for this year is helping more students become aware of what goes into the food they eat and also understand what Hilltop does. 

If I hadn't met with her today, I doubt I ever would have realized all of the work that goes into our food on campus. I got to produce this story for a news piece for my internship, and I hope that brings more awareness to other people, too. After spending a day at Hilltop, I doubt I'll ever look at a tomato the same way again!

About The Author
Rachel HartogJournalism Major, Class of 2014, Georgetown, IN

I am a journalism major and business minor and plan to graduate in May 2014. Some of my best experiences in life have been because of IU, including studying abroad, meeting great people, and having an awesome internship

After I graduate, I hope to get into the broadcast journalism field, either traveling as a field reporter or getting to cover local events. I'm still exploring what specific area interests me but am open to just about anything!

I am looking forward to sharing all of my experience and everything that makes IU such a great place to be on this blog!