Prepping Your Garden For Winter

It happens every year. You spend all summer nurturing a garden full of fruits, veggies and greens and before you know it, the dreaded cold of winter creeps in.

Don’t fret! The members of this semester’s ExCollege course Emerging Alternatives in Modern Agriculture have you covered. After spending the semester tending to a newly created student garden, a pet project started by senior Signe Porteshawver, students worked together to build “cold boxes,” or mini-greenhouses as Porteshawver calls them, to help extend their season.

Watch as Porteshawver and course teacher Jeffrey Hake from the Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy explain how they used old windows and pieces of wood as a cheap and efficient way to help their garden thrive during the cold season.

 

Also, check out Tufts E-News for a complete story on the ExCollege course.

Video production by Marcus Cheek (A’11) and Kaitlin Provencher, Web Communications.

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Across The Airwaves

If you have ever wondered what goes into running a radio station, Andy Sayler (E’11), general manager of Tufts’ freeform radio station WMFO, is happy to show you.

Launched in 1970 at 91.5 FM, WMFO is staffed by a mix of Tufts students and local community volunteers. The station is managed by students with the assistance of a faculty advisor and appointed volunteers.

Recently, Sayler took us on a tour of the station, going through the ins and outs of how music gets from a CD onto the official WMFO playlist.

Video production by Matt DiGirolamo (E’11) and Kaitlin Provencher, Web Communications.

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Going For A Spin

Are you a bike aficionado? Dan Heller (A’11) sure is.

Heller recently took the time to talk to us about why he enjoys cycling so much, along with a few tips on all-weather biking.

If you’re interested in securing your bicycle, the Tufts University Police Department has several resources to help you keep your bike safe.

Also check out the Tufts Bikes blog.

Video production by Jeffrey Baker Jr. (A’11) and Kaitlin Provencher, Web Communications.

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Puppy Love

Stressed out by midterms? The staff at Miller Hall provided a unique opportunity for students to forget about exams this semester.

On Oct. 14, Michael Bliss, Miller Hall’s resident director, and resident assistant Nimish Shah (A’12), in conjunction with the Scituate, Mass. based non-profit, Dog B.O.N.E.S. (Building Opportunities for Nurturing and Emotional Support) brought therapy puppies for students to pet and play with in hopes of relieving some of their midterm blues. The event left some students nostalgic for their own dogs at home, while others puppy-lovers were simply grateful for the distraction.

Video production by Jeffrey Baker Jr. (A’11) and Kaitlin Provencher, Web Communications.

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A Fresh Start

Recently moved off campus? Looking to start cooking for yourself? This semester, Tufts Dining Services sought to make food shopping a little easier and greener for students with the introduction of their first weekly farmers’ market.

After a successful single-day market in October 2009, Dining Services partnered with the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a program run by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts, and United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) of Lowell, which seeks to motivate the disadvantaged youth in Lowell toward social and economic success, to provide fresh produce for students on a weekly basis.

As it enters its last week of the season, we took a peek at all the market has to offer. The last farmers’ market of the season will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Lower Patio of the Campus Center.

Video production by Marcus Cheek (A’11) and Kaitlin Provencher, Web Communications.

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