From Chickens to Wind Turbines

This is a little article about the steps that college campuses take to become more sustainable.

The part I was most interested about is the section about Macalester College and how it came to have a chicken coop on campus. This relates to my final project because I would like Bard to have chickens too!

As it turns out, it seems that the student organization that brought chickens to Macalester’s campus had a similar motivation to my own. The sustainability manager at Macalester says,

“It’s an educational tool.”

I think that a chicken coop on Bard’s campus would be a crucial and invaluable tool that will get students involved in their own food system. My hope is that once students are more aware of just the consumption end of the food system they will begin to make better more sustainable choices. The leader of the student organization who got the chicken coop going says that they have plans to get local schoolchildren involved. I love that idea and that, too, is very doable for Bard and a great way to get Bard more involved in the local community.

Think about your own education and when you began to really care about food. For me I only really started to care about what I ate after being in this class. Before that the only advice and education I got was about my role as a consumer and what I should eat to reduce my impact, but I wasn’t able to make sense of any of that until I began to read more about the whole food system before the food is on the shelf at the supermarket or the platter in Kline.

Back to Macalester and their chicken coop… Macalester is a small school in Minneapolis. They built their chicken coop as an addition to their small urban garden. This is super encouraging news for Bard chicken enthusiasts! We have so much more beautiful outdoor space than Macalester’s urban campus. If they can do it we can too!

Do you think having a chicken coop on campus will really change any of the students perspectives or am I being idyllic and naive?

Do you think that students will want to get involved in taking care of chickens and actually stick with it?


3 thoughts on “From Chickens to Wind Turbines”

  1. Dude, I’m trying to read and learn about chickens too. Having chickens would be cool. Educational programs with local schools is not a bad idea. Kids at Bard… doesn’t happen too much yet. There’s the Bard nursery, would they be interested in chickens?

    As far as our older Bardians, and even professors, the appeal of chickens might be a novel idea. I know that chicken keeping used to be popular in other generations, maybe some profs have stories to tell about chickens… also Kris Feder has chickens. Maybe she can help?

    1. You mean other generations of Bard, or other generations in general? Like did Bard have chickens in the past? If so, that’s super cool and helpful!!

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