Don’t be too hard on that droopy slice of tomato on your sandwich. It’s had a long trip. And, if your carrot sticks have lost their crunch, give ’em a break. They’ve likely traveled around 1,500 miles (2,400 km) to your lunch plate. The lettuce in your dinner salad may have had an even longer journey . . . more than 2,000 miles (3,200 km)! Our food tends to be less tasty and less healthy when it travels long distances. What’s more, the vehicles that move it contribute to a warming climate. But a group of high school students in the Bahamas can show us a delicious way to reduce food miles.
A Different Kind of Classroom
No internet, no cell phones, no grades. At the Cape Eleuthera Island School on the small Bahamian island of Eleuthera, environmental sustainability is a way of life. High school sophomores and juniors from around the world spend a semester learning without classroom walls. The campus, the ocean, and local towns are the schoolyard. The study program asks how to live well in a place. Sustainability is part of the daily lesson plan. And going green starts with breakfast.
Students, teachers, and visiting researchers share meals in the open-air dining hall. At the Island School, food travels just steps from the gardens to the plates. Eggs at breakfast are still warm from the hen house, the daily salad bar overflows with just-picked leafy green lettuce and every bite into a ripe, juicy mango is reason to smile. Pork chops and pulled pork sandwiches are served in the days following the pig harvest, and grilled tilapia raised in the aquaponic garden is a favorite.
Ellie, who spent the spring of 2017 at the Island School, loved the meals. “It’s such a community event with everyone squeezing in next to each other on the long picnic tables.”
Learning is all about hands-on experiences. Digging in the dirt, doing fieldwork on the farm, and eating fresh food, students learn to live a healthy, eco-friendly life. All the fruits, veggies, fish, and pork that are grown, picked, or plucked on campus stay on campus.
“We composted all our food, throwing out as little as possible. It was cool to know that our food scraps would later feed the pigs or be fertilizer for the garden,” says Katherine, a 2017 student.
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THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES
Hunched over your paper, you try to concentrate. This is the worst kind of assignment.
LEARNING TO HEAR
With cochlear implants
Q Where do personal preferences come from? For example, I like hard rock music. Why am I that social outcast who runs screaming into the bathroom at school dances when everyone else is singing along? —Kate, age 13, Ohio
Trevor Cox – Acoustic engineer and Stonehenge researcher
Trevor Cox is a professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford in the United Kingdom. He engineers systems to make sound better. And he studies how the structures we build affect the sounds we make inside them.
How Fast Is Sound?
Adolphe Sax – How To Invent An Instrument
The story of the saxophone
The Sounds Of Star Wars
This is the sound design activity you’re looking for.
Courtney Craven – Gamer and disability activist
Craven does presentations worldwide to assist game developers, teachers, writers, and others in making text and images available to people with any disability.
Want to communicate better with kids with hearing loss? Try these tips.
Can You Please Lower Your Voice?
The experience of auditory sensitivity
The World is Our Oyster
New Yorkers are resilient. As the song, “New York, New York” goes, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. There’s no better example of a tough, hard-working New Yorker than the mighty oyster.
Crop Residues: Popular Crops And Managing Them
Once harvesting in the summer planting areas has been completed, it is a good time to move your animals onto the crop residues remaining in the fields. During the winter months, crop residues are very effective in bridging the autumn/winter gap in the fodder flow programme, as it is a very economical way of feeding animals.
An Innovative Mobile Macadamia Dehusker
When Fairview Farm was using a static Macadamia Dehusker, KwaZulu-Natal macadamia farmer Robert Carlton-Shields estimated that his pickers each lost about two hours’ productivity a day during the harvest season. He set about remedying this, and his subsequent collaboration with an engineering company has resulted in a mobile macadamia dehusker that saves time and money. Lloyd Phillips reports.
फसल अवशेष प्रबंधन यंत्र मोबाइल श्रेडर
फसल कटाई के बाद फसलों की जड़ें खेत में रह जाती हैं, जिन्हें खेत में मिलाना या उखाड़ना मुश्किल काम होता है. इस काम में काफी मेहनत और खर्चा भी होता है. इस फसल अवशेषों का प्रबंधन कृषि यंत्रों से किया जाए, तो किसान के लिए यह काम आसान हो जाता है.
Healthy Yields Start With Healthy Soil And Roots
Biodiverse, nutrient-rich soil is the basis of consistently good harvests. Madumbi, a South African distributor of proven bioproducts, helps farmers build up and maintain optimal soil conditions.
5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Making Silage For Biogas
Does your silage have an unpleasant odour? Does your clamp suffer from excessive losses, effluent or mould? Are your biogas yields lower than they should be? If so, you may be guilty of making one or more of the most common mistakes when producing silage for biogas production. Here, Tim Elsome, General Manager of FM BioEnergy, explains how cropfed biogas plants are only as good as the silage put into them – and how you can prevent poor silage from affecting your bottom line.
खरीफ व जायद दोनों मौसम में करें - मूंग की बैज्ञानिक खेती
खरीफ व जायद दोनों मौसम में करें - मूंग की बैज्ञानिक खेती
अनार की आधुनिक खेती
कहावत है ‘एक अनार सौ बीमार'. इस कहावत का सीधा सा मतलब तो यही है कि किसी एक चीज के दावेदार कई लोग हैं. लेकिन अनार को बीमारी से जोड़ने का कोई न कोई मकसद तो जरूर रहा होगा.
खेती मे काम आने वाली ख़ास मशीने
फसल की कटाई का ज्यादातर काम हंसिए से किया जाता है. एक हेक्टेयर फसल की एक दिन में कटाई के लिए 20-25 मजदूरों की जरूरत पड़ती है.
जांचपरख कर लें कृषि यंत्र
अब खेती में बोआई से कटाई तक हर कदम पर मशीनें काम आती हैं. इन के इस्तेमाल से वक्त, पैसा और मेहनत बचती है, पैदावार व कमाई बढ़ती है.