Reflection on Native Plant Project

When creating my EFP project, I wanted something that would impact the Greencastle community, not just DePauw. Through joining the Greencastle Sustainability Commission, important ideas arose from listening to the wants and needs of the community. The most meaningful issue that the commissioners brought up was the lack of a user-friendly native plant gardening guide …

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Indianapolis People’s Climate March

Though it may have been a rainy day, Indianapolis' Climate March went underway. Starting at the Roberts Park united Methodist Church, we marched to the PanAm Plaza to attend the Indy VegFest--the first annual of its kind in Indiana. The Hoosier Environmental Council and the Citizens Action Committee among others did a fantastic job organizing …

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Native Plant Project

For the Environmental Fellows Program, Joveita Weah, Mayra Leon Coss, and myself have all teamed up to become members of the Greencastle Sustainability Commission. Our goal is to immerse ourselves into the Greencastle projects regarding sustainability and environmentalism. We have taken up the tasks of creating a Greencastle-focused native plant gardening guide to freely distribute …

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Dr. Indra Frank on Environmental Equity in Indiana

Dr. Frank explored to concepts of environmental justice and equity inside the state of Indiana at her Prindle talk with Kiara Goodwine, an EFP and member of SLP. Indiana is ranked one of the worst states of air and water quality, further adding to the divide between urban and rural areas and socioeconomic divides in …

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Invasive, Non-Native Spring Wildflowers

Though they may look pretty, please keep in mind all the pictured wildflowers above (photos taken in Hendricks County, IN) are non-native and invasive. Common Chickweed is not the same as Star Chickweed, which is native to Indiana, it is instead a non-native, invasive plant (top left). Bird's Eye Speedwell is an invasive, non-native type …

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Greencastle Commission on Sustainability Meeting Recap

Yesterday, March 21, 2017, myself along with Joevita Weah and Mayra Leon Cross, attended the Greencastle Commission on Sustainability meeting at City Hall. Many opportunities were presented to us DePauw students to become more active in the local community of Greencastle as a whole in regards to sustainability. The Farmer's Market will be starting its …

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The Campus Farm’s 1st Hoop House

First off, what is a hoop house? [a] structure used as a greenhouse or a season extender and is characterized by a half-round "hoop" shape. On the Panhellenic Day of Service, the farm had many volunteers come out and work on building raised beds, weeding plots of farmland, and constructing the farm's first-ever hoop house. …

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