Our team begins its journey in Professor Laura Goldin’s “Greening the Ivory Tower,” an experiential learning course aimed to improve the sustainability of the Brandeis campus.
Initiatives to build a green roof and create a farmers market on campus are among the class’s four group projects. Other projects include planting a rain garden and educating youth about the environment.
The class reads Michael Pollan’s Omnivores Dilemma and watches “Growing Cities,” inspiring the Green Roof initiative to redesign its project to include growing food. The group becomes the “Rooftop Farm” initiative and meets with administrators to solidify the Gerstenzang Roof, otherwise known as “Red Square” as the location for the Rooftop Farm.
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After the class, the “Rooftop Farm” and “Farmers Market” initiatives combine and charter the “Farmers Club” within Brandeis’s Student Union
The club forms a new executive board, designs the farm, meets with administrators and Green City Growers, and begins to apply for the Brandeis Sustainability Fund.
We receive a $30,000 grant from the Brandeis Sustainability Fund to build the Rooftop Farm. We also receive approval from the structural engineering firm Simpson Gumphertz & Heger pro bono. The first Farmers’ Market is a success with 10 vendors and over 500 visitors. Farmers Club builds and plants the Rooftop Farm with the help of Green City Growers, and the rest is history….