Center for Sustainable Communities
September 25th, 2017
Luther Gardeners look forward to abundant harvest and visitors
It's harvest time on the Luther Farm! Throughout the growing season the student gardeners provide an abundance of locally grown vegetables to dining services for use in the cafeteria and in special catering events. The College Farm is located about a mile from campus and consists of about an acre of production space, including community garden plots where faculty, staff and students have the opportunity to grow their own garden. Under the direction of Sarah Forsythe, the Food and Farm Fellow, a team of Luther students plant, weed, water and harvest a variety of crops in cooperation with Dining Services. Keep an eye out for Luther produce on the cafeteria salad bar! Currently, the gardeners are harvesting cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, beans, beets, basil, kale, hot and sweet peppers, and lettuce! They are looking forward to harvesting rutabaga, spinach, fennel, and butternut squash later in the season. Gardeners will also be selling mini gourds to students in October so they can decorate their room for fall.

Want to come see the farm for yourself? This time of year, everything is bountiful and beautiful. If any students, clubs, groups or classes would like to come out to visit the garden they should contact Luther's Food and Farm Fellow, Sarah Forsythe or head out to the September Garden Party on Wednesday, September 27th (RSVP here). Hope to see you out there!
Decorah Power to host learning series
Decorah Power is a non-profit citizens group investigating the formation of a Decorah Municipal Electric Utility-a locally owned, city utility that would provide electricity services in the same way it provides water and sewer services. With the support of the City Council, Decorah Power is conducting a feasibility study with privately-raised funds. The study is expected to be completed before the end of the year. Throughout the Fall, Decorah Power will be hosting a series of learning events to help the community better understand the opportunities and challenges that would be involved in a Decorah municipal electric utility. On Monday, October 9th Warren McKenna, Director of the Farmers Electric Coop in Kalona, Iowa will give a talk entitled "Solar, Wind, and Diesel Backup: an Iowa Co-op blazing trails in energy markets and customer service." The talk will be given from Noon-1pm at the Decorah City Hall and 7-8pm in Valders 367 on the Luther College campus.
More info about Decorah Power.
More info about the learning series.

Annual Plant Giveaway
Luther College landscaper extraordinaire, Perry Halse has partnered with the Center for Sustainable Communities for several years to host an annual plant giveaway. Using clippings from plants across campus, Perry propagates new plants, tends them over the summer and makes them available at the start of the school year to anyone wanting to spruce up their room or office. Stop by the Valders Greenhouse from 9:30-11:30am on Thursday, September 28th to pick up your free plant. They are gorgeous and they go fast, so come early! 
Calling all sophomores: Scholarship opportunity for study away!
Are you a sophomore interested in study away opportunities with Luther? Are you wondering if going abroad will be right for you? If so, you're in luck! The Center for Sustainable Communities along with the Center for Global Learning are hosting a forum on October 11th for sophomores interested in studying abroad. During the event, three lucky sophomores will be selected for a $1000 study away scholarship! Throughout the night you will get to hear students share their stories, learn about the transforming  power of study away, and imagine the places you'll go. Space is limited, register now!
Sustainability Tip
Finished with your apple? Don't throw away the core, compost it! The Center for Sustainable Communities is making composting easier than ever by giving away free personal compost bins. Now you can compost in your office or room! All food scraps including fruit and vegetable scraps, grains, meat scraps, eggs, cheese, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters, paper napkins, and brown paper towels can be composted.  When the container becomes full, simply empty it into the larger container in your residence hall or any academic building! Rinse it out and it's as good as new. When rinsing out your container please show some love for our custodial staff and be careful to not leave any food scraps in the sink. Pick up your container today in the Valders 372 office suite.
Questions or comments?
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This newsletter is provided by the Center for Sustainable Communities, which coordinates all sustainability initiatives at Luther College.  The mission of the Center is to promote sustainability and be a catalyst for change on campus and in the region.  For more information on sustainability initiatives at Luther and the outreach work of the Center for Sustainable Communities, please visit:
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, September 26th 
Tree ID with Peter van der Linden 
Wednesday, September 27th 
Winneshiek County Farmers Market
Wednesday, September 27th 
September Garden Party
Thursday, September 28th 
Plant Giveaway Event
Come by for a free plant! Come early - they go fast.
Saturday, September 30th 
Seeds and Cider at Heritage Valley
Monday, October 9
"Solar, Wind, and Diesel Backup: an Iowa Co-op blazing trails in energy markets and customer service"
Student Spotlight
April Yelich '20

April Yelich is a sophomore Accounting and Data Science Major from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She applied to work for the Center for Sustainable Communities her first-year because she loved the idea of working outside. April currently works as a student gardener. Her favorite part about working for the Center of Sustainable Communities is caring for the vegetable plants and sharing food that she helped grow with others. She loves to see Luther Garden produce in the cafeteria. April also enjoys learning about Luther's sustainable efforts in other departments and encourages students to use her as a resource if they have any questions!
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