Dec 17, 2017, 13:39

Kendall College/CAFÉ Green Award Runner Up: Dr. Michelle Aldrich

  • Triumph High School in Laramie Co. School District #1, Cheyenne, WY
  • Dr. Aldrich won a free registration to the CAFÉ Leadership Conference

Dr. Aldrich received a grant from the Cheyenne School Foundation to support creating a living, vertical garden within the school as well as funds for purchasing composting equipment.

The living garden is housed in the culinary classroom and is used by the high school culinary competition team, culinary classes and the school -based enterprise, Triumph Catering. The composting equipment uses waste from the culinary program as well as the lunch program so create a nutrient dense soil for the vertical garden seedlings. Excess soil mass is intended to be packaged and made available for local nurseries and residents.

Another aspect of the award application included a student-planned conference for adults promoting permanent agriculture, called PermaU. The day-and-a-half conference kicked off with an in-depth workshop on how to start, maintain and make profitable bee keeping. The next day included seven workshops on topics such as raising dairy goats for milk; raising quail and bees; and food dehydration, just to name a few.

The free conference lunch included items from the vertical garden and the lunchtime speaker was Wyoming State Superintendent Jiallian Balow who addressed the group on the importance of STEM education, noting how the permaculture and STEM were natural partners.

Finally, at the conference the students asked the participants to designate one row of their garden for the community’s homeless and hungry.