Sunday, November 27, 2016

UM Compost Team Combats Food Waste to Create Rich Soil For Better Growth of Plants

Over 20 volunteers got their  hands dirty to help the UM Compost Team sift soil. The soil comes from food waste from dining locations on campus. 

After the food is collected, it is composted by the UM Compost Team. It turns into a rich soil, also called humus. 

The humus plays a vital role in the growth of our plants. 

The soil is then distributed to the Boys and Girls Club, the UM Garden, and other organizations on campus and in the Oxford Community. 

"Not only is it sifting important for the distribution of soil to organizations on campus and in the Oxford community, but the richer the soil, the better the vegetable that's produced, said McDonald. 

For more on that story, click the video below:

The UM Compost Team was started through the Green Fund Project and was founded in 2013. 

Faculty, staff and students submit proposals at the beginning of Spring semester and a project is selected to be funded in March. 

Initially, the project was awarded $3,000 to collect pre consumed food waste from the Marketplace at Residential Colleges. Since then, the project has continued to receive funding and has expanded to Ole Miss Catering, Rebel Market, Freshii, and the Marketplace. 

To learn more about composting or sustainability, visit 

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