This new addition to staff news will feature brief stories about students, programs, faculty and staff, with a focus on how we are living our college values in the things we do here each day. We look forward to sharing your stories, so please - send them our way!
Living Our Values - first feature story: Chickens in the House; Opportunity, Excellence, Learning, & Engagement. I heard someone ask, "We have chickens on campus, really?" You bet! Levi Fredrikson and his students in the Small Scale Sustainable Livestock Production course, part of the Profitable Small Farms program, were caught living not one, but almost all of our college values: opportunity, excellence, learning, and engagement. For their class project, the students started a poultry-managing project with 10 chickens on the college campus. The project encompasses more than just buying some chickens and collecting their eggs. The students had to determine how many chickens would be a good number to manage based on the amount of land available and what they had learned in class about animal welfare, production considerations and stocking densities. Brain Parks of Frasier Creek Farm sold the 22- to 24-week-old chickens to the college program at a reduced rate. According to Levi, the team project gives the students hands-on training in running a small, sustainable pastured-poultry production, including coop construction, water and feed systems, pasture management and predator management. The students are planning to sell any eggs produced at their student-run farmers market on campus, and eventually want to include the eggs in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) food basket program they are developing, with a goal to offer CSA baskets to campus by fall term.
|Students with their chickens in the Small Scale Sustainable|
Livestock Production course.
Approximately 20 former LBCC employees came to the college Feb. 24 for the annual XLB'ers Tea, put on the by college Foundation Office. Former Business faculty member Michael Houser and Foundation Planned Giving manager Jim Birken gave a slide show presentation on their recent trip to Russia, complete with Russian tea, breads and cookies for attendees. If you are planning to retire and would like to be added to the XLB’ers mailing and email list, contact Paulette Meyers in the Foundation, X4203.
|XLB'ers Tea Feb. 24.|
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