Window Farms to be Featured in Green Fund Symposium

Posted: Wednesday, April 3rd 2013 at 2:17 PM

Students may have noticed hanging planters in the windows of HRM’s café/lounge. This is the start of the first, but hopefully not last, window farm. Caryn Massey, committee chair for NAU's Green Fund in Applied Research & Development, approved the student proposal for this project and had the planters installed in March 2013.

“How our process works is that if a student has an idea, they might say to themselves, ‘Gee, I would love to put up a window farm in HRM.’ And how they do that is they consult the company, they create the budget and the timeline, and they create the whole outline of how the project is going to look,” Massey explained. “They come to whomever they want for the official upfront money to set up a university account. Then they come to us with that proposal, and then they do the project. And the Green Fund reimburses the department that fronted the money.”

The farms have several herbs, lettuce, and small tomatoes planted.

“The original goal of the project was so we can use them for chef classes, cooking, and everything like that and just for people to enjoy as well when they’re sitting in the lounge area,” she said.

Although they don’t look very impressive right now, there should be plenty of sprouts poking their way through the dirt in a couple more weeks.

The window farms will be the featured project in this year’s Green Fund Symposium which will be held in the HRM building on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“It’s an open event for anyone to come and see all the projects that the Green Fund has approved of,” said Massey.

The symposium gives students a chance to see what their Green Fee is being used for as well as check out the window farms when they begin to sprout.

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