A good Monday afternoon to everyone. Culver is enjoying a delightful respite from unrelenting heat, humidity and rain. Beautiful sunny and pleasantly warm days in the forecast.
Several items to update everyone on… First,
What, might you ask, is “it”? Culver’s compost program at the Dining Hall is back on line! The wood bin above is the repository for a food slurry mix which we generate from our food waste, both from food that is discarded from plates as well as from the meal preparation process. The blue tub next to the wooden one contains wood chips which we add to the food slurry to aid in the composting process.
Food waste represents a signficant portion of waste we would otherwise send to the landfill. We continue to work with our compost program to make it a 12 month program at Culver.
Secondly, yesterday Don Fox, Culver’s Summer Schools and Camps Director, and I attended the opening ceremony and lecture of a conference sponsored by Notre Dame. Entitled, “Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous Know-How for Global Flourishing,” this conference is bringing together a diverse group of tribal elders and scholars from across North America to discuss various aspects of indigenous culture and what we may learn from these cultures in our modern world.
Of particular interest yesterday was a lecture presented by John Low, a Potawatomi scholar who has prepared the first comprehensive history of the Pokagon band of the Potawawtomis. I recommend his book, Imprints, to anyone who has an interest in this native culture and the upper Midwest.
Lastly, I have been remiss in not posting this fascinating narrated video of a drone flyover of the Lake Maxinkuckee watershed. The video, funded and produced by the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council, is informative and a great view of the tributaries which supply water to our lake. The video provides a bird’s eye view of the wetlands which provide such valuable service to our water quality. Check it out!