Brazos Valley Food Bank
This week at the Howdy Farm, we completed our final harvest of the season. The final harvest consisted of a few different varieties of lettuce, and after being washed, bundled, and loaded up- we took it to the Brazos Valley Food Bank. We were able to donate about 84 lbs. of lettuce to those in need! Last week, we donated about 38 lbs. of lettuce and rainbow chard. It has been a wonderful feeling to give back to the community while doing something you love- gardening! Not to mention that this gives me hope to solving hunger in the community, it just takes some time and a few dirty hands!
Learning about Compost
As a Nutrition Major, I am required to take classes covering food safety. These classes love to go over topics ranging from sources of to consequences of foodborne illness, and everything in-between. In my food bacteriology class, a recent concern has been mentioned regarding microorganisms found in fecal matter (AKA- manure). This has brought my attention to one of the key aspects of organic farming- compost. While not always, manure is often used as organic matter in compost piles, among other things such as egg shells, and chicken poop. Each of these are known to contain potentially harmful microorganisms. Putting two and two together, I can't help but wonder... does the composting process naturally prevent these microorganims from being harmful? And if so, how?
Luckily, it was brought to my attention that during composting, most pathogens are killed within days by high temperatures through aerobic composting! Also, I found out that the root systems of plants act as a filter- and provide protection against many harmful microorganisms!
Howdy! My name is Marissa Albers and I am a Nutritional Sciences major pursuing a minor in Horticulture. My passion lies with food and where it comes from! I would eventually love to work with food security by helping malnourished populations find sustainable solutions to their hunger and nutrient deficiencies. I am excited to learn about how to grow healthy, local produce and to help bridge the gap between the community of Bryan/College Station and their food source!