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EMU pre-engineering students take second in regional competition with solar greenhouse design

The newest structure on Eastern Mennonite University’s campus cost just $600 to build and was completed by six students in less than eight hours. This fall it will extend the growing season for tomatoes, and next winter it will provide the cafeteria with leafy greens. A poster describing the project – a solar-powered greenhouse – also won second place in the first- and second-year ...More

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CSA Program Takes Root at EMU

When the group in charge of the Community Supported Agriculture program at Eastern Mennonite University sent out a mass email offering shares, the response was swift and overwhelming. “Within the first 24 hours, we had just about 30 requests for shares,” said Taylor Wei ...More

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Students Take EMU Back to Community-Centered Food Production

In a scene that would have been familiar to the farmers’ sons and daughters who populated this campus in the early 20th century, college-aged adults can be seen planting, thinning, weeding, watering, harvesting and dispersing produce from five gardens at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) May to September. This summer, for the second year in a row, EMU’s vegetable gardener ...More

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Not Wasting an Opportunity

From garden, to fork and back into the ground, new campus initiatives including raspberry bushes and compost bins will dot the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) landscape thanks to initiatives submitted by faculty, staff and students. Katie Jantzen, co-leader of Earthkeepers, said the overall goal of the mini-grants wa ...More

Students Work With Cafeteria to Donate Uneaten Food

A cart stacked with aluminum pans of food emerged from the cafeteria’s back door, swaying as it rolled down the ramp toward a nearby car. The trunk and back seat were quickly filled with these steamy dishes; penne noodles and Cajun chicken shifted under plastic wrap. One student hopped behind the wheel, another slammed the trunk shut, and they drove away unnoticed. ...More