This past week we were invited to take part in one of the many Earth Week events at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge (a few towns away). The story ran as the feature article in Tuesday’s Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.
The day was organized by Jess Gerrior, the Sustainability Coordinator for the University and there was a time for students to mingle with the vendors and listen to a feature presentation.
Andy Pressman from Foggy Hill Farm in Jaffrey spoke at length about Sustainability. It was awesome on so many levels.
There were only a handfull of other vendors set up for the presentation and Oxbow Farm was the only family farm.
Snowball, our white hen came along for the event and she was the star of the show. She had her picture taken a number of times by the students and she loved all the attention. By the end of the day she was hot and restless from being cooped up inside, but then again, so were the adults.
It was truly amazing to talk to all the students that had never touched a chicken before. Their questions were basic but extremely necessary when understanding where their food comes from. We talked to a few students who had worked on their own family farms before they moved away to school. Our hen seemed to bring them a little taste of home.
The best part of my day was when I talked to a group of three male students who approached Snowball with hesitation. I asked them if they wanted to pet her and they said, no they were all set. I told them to man-up, that was why she was there. After that they relaxed a little bit and we had a great conversation. They asked how old she was and what she was being raised for and what we would do with her after she was finished producing eggs. That lead to a conversation and description of how we process chickens. The last thing I asked them to do was to think about the number of chickens it would take to make a basket of chicken wings that they would inevitably eat the next time they went out for a night with the boys.
I think that left a lasting impression.
Some of the sustainability certificate students had created their own projects but the one activity that really impressed me was the chance to make a choice on how to make the Campus a more sustainable, earth friendly place to be.
It was really interesting to see, on such a concrete level, what their priorities are: