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Food plays a major role in the Knox community and Knox is committed to a healthy, sustainable food system at every point from farm to fork and back to field.
Also referred to as the "high tunnel", this 3,000 sq ft structure is used to extend the growing season. The Knox Farm comprises the high tunnel as well as an outdoor space just west of the tunnel. A smaller high tunnel to the north, is used primarily for educational purposes, though the Knox Farm is also an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in production farming. The Farm produces food for on-campus use and for sharing with the community. For details and how to get involved, please visit the Knox Farm page.
Sustainability initiatives in dining services extend to Knox's residential, grab-n-go, and retail dining venues. From locally sourced produce and humanely raised meat to trayless dining, each level of the food system is examined to minimize waste.
Opportunities to get involved include:
Composting is the process of allowing organic waste, such as leaves and food scraps, to break down and decompose. To close the loop of the Knox food system, food waste is collected for composting a few different ways on campus, allowing Knox to keep organic waste out of the landfill.
After the compostable material has been processed, it is used by the Knox Farm and other local farmers to enrich the produce they grow, which may end up back at Knox to travel through the cycle again!
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