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BU Acres First Annual Harvest Festival

(Source: Kate Thornton)

Some Binghamton University students have become more aware of what they eat. So, the desire to know exactly where their dining hall food comes from comes as no surprise.

"(The students) wanted to be involved in growing food, and they wanted to be involved in their campus' food system," said BU Farm Manager Sean Cummings.

Shovels and tills were hard at work Thursday morning as part of BU Acres program first annual Harvest Fest. The BU farm is located up Bunn Hill Road.

Students and staff gathered the last vegetables of the season at the harvest fest that was going to be used as ingredients for the Campus in the Woods' dining hall's harvest dinner.

"It's just up the street from BU. It's not so many miles away. We know where it is, and we can come up and visit whenever we want," said BU senior and Acres intern Mary Dribnak.

The compost that is used as fertilizer is made from scraps from all the dining halls on campus.

There are yellow barrels in all the kitchens where the scraps go.

"It could be expired good, trimmings that would be unsuitable to serve, things like that. And, they all go into yellow barrels.  The environmental team collects them at the end of every day to be composted," said Chef manager at the Campus in the Woods' Rich Herb.

Herb was overjoyed to cook Thursday night's harvest meal when the hours old fresh veggies arrived to his kitchen.

Herb said any scraps from making the feast would obviously go into the yellow bins to compost and continue the food cycle.

"About 3,000-3,500 pounds of raw material comes from campus everyday. Just imagine the impact that has on our landfills, and it's being used for great things like tonight," said Herb.

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