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This Week in Sustainability

This Week in Sustainability is a weekly bulletin with campus sustainability events, volunteer opportunities, and job postings.

  • Sun, July 26th- Homegrown Indiana Farm Tour to Freedom Valley Farm
    • On Sunday, July 26th from 5-8:30pm the Homegrown Indiana Farm Tour will take place, featuring Freedom Valley Farm and owner Jim Baughman. The 170-acre farm property is located in the rolling countryside of Owen County, Indiana near the town of Freedom, on the fertile soil of the White River watershed. Freedom Valley Farm, which grows and sells over 40 varieties of vegetables year-round at Bloomington's summer and winter markets is one of our area's premier Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms.  The farm is also a Purdue University-selected study site for evaluating the impact of biochar on soil fertility. The evening culminates in a dinner prepared by local chefs from No Coast Reserve and Function Brewing, including vegetarian and vegan options. The meal price is $45 a person. Co-sponsored by the Local Growers Guild, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, Harvest Moon Flower Farm, No Coast Reserve, Owen Valley Winery, and Function Brewing.
  • Tue, June 30th- Bring Your Bag Bloomington Forum
    • Bloomington Food Policy Council will be hosting their summer quarterly meeting and potluck. Rhonda Baird from The Center for Sustainable Living will be joining us to discuss the Bring Your Bag Bloomington ordinance. The meeting will be in rooms 1B & 1C in the Monroe County Public Library Tuesday, June 30th at 6:30PM. You are welcome to bring dishes and silverware, and something to share. Bring Your Bag Bloomington is an initiative of the Center for Sustainable Living dedicated to encouraging Bloomington area residents to lessen their impact on the environment by adopting reusable bags when shopping. For more details see their Facebook event.
Jobs/ Internships/ Grants/ Fellowships  
  • City of Bloomington Accepting Applications for Sustainability Student Intern
    • The City of Bloomington Department of Economic and Sustainable Development is looking for a Sustainability intern from July to September 2015. Compensation is $10-15hr; 15-20 hours a week through August, 10 hrs/week in September. Deadline to apply is July 1. Send applications to For more details on duties and skills required see link here.
  • Join Summer Garden Corps
    • Garden Corps members are responsible for leading at least two garden workdays, attending all or most Edible Campus Steering Committee meetings as well as serving on one of three sub-committees; Academic Initiatives, Food Production or Volunteer & Community Engagement. Garden Corps members will also participate in standard garden maintenance, and are encouraged to attend special events and programs hosted by the IU Campus Garden. Summer 2015 applications will be due Sunday, May 24th. For more information on applying, see this IUOS webpage. Submit your completed application or any related questions to:
  • Rooftop Garden Internship
    • The Rooftop Garden at Middle Way House is seeking dependable, self-motivated folks to join our Garden team this summer. Responsibilities include general garden maintenance, developing a water catchment and drip irrigation system, vermicomposting, and researching ways to improve these systems. Position is 5-8 hours/week and you will be compensated with fresh produce. For more information, email us at
  • Bloomington Bike Project
    • Do you have some extra time this semester? Want to learn about bike mechanics, have an interest in furthering the Bloomington bike community, or just enjoy working on / teaching others about bikes? Consider volunteering with the Bloomington Bike Project. Registration and experience are not required. Just stop by BP1 Downtown (7th & Madison) and/or BP2 Switchyard (Grimes & B-Line) and say you want to volunteer! Current work days: BP1 – Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9pm, Saturdays from 12-3pm; BP2 – Saturdays and Sundays from 3-6pm. Email for details.
  • Hoosier Hills Food Bank Community Garden Volunteers
    • The Hoosier Hills Food Bank garden program increases the quantity and quality of food provided to food pantries and soup kitchens. Volunteers are welcome at the Will Detmer Park garden on Vernal Pike. Both novices and experienced organic gardeners are welcome. Volunteer hours are 9-11 a.m. on Mon. and Thurs. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wed., April-Oct. Special volunteer days are posted on our calendar. Individuals or groups are encouraged to participate. Groups can set up special hours. Minimum age is 14; 12 if with an adult. Email Ryan at to sign up or contact Bobbi at or 812-334-8374 for details. Website
  • Community Garden at Crawford Apts.
    • The Crawford Apartments, which provide safe and affordable housing to individuals who have faced challenges such as chronic homelessness, addiction, and disability, is starting a garden! The residents are excited to have the opportunity to work together to have fresh, healthy foods while learning about sustainable living. Volunteer activities include planting, weeding, fertilizing, and watering. Gardening experience is encouraged, but not necessary. Minimum age is 18. Interested? Contact Ayman Ashwaiheen at (317) 459-6410 or
  • Campus Garden Workdays
    • Come out and volunteer at the Hilltop Campus Garden Wednesdays from 5-7pm and Sundays 6-8. All are welcome to come play in the dirt and learn more about gardening. Speakers are scheduled to talk about garden-related topics throughout the summer. All tools and gloves are provided. No registration required. For more information, click here
Other Opportunities 
  • Bloomington Parks Community Gardening Program
    • The Community Gardening Program offers a variety of gardening and orchard management classes. A variety of topics include fall and winter gardening, growing and using herbs, and raising chickens. To find a class that interests you, and to register, visit their website, call 812-349-3700, or email
  • Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Tool Share
    • Are you ready to start growing some food at home, but need a few gardening tools? Do you want to preserve tomatoes or apples this year, but don’t have the necessary equipment? The Hub Tool Share is a lending library of gardening and cooking tools. To get started, fill out a membership application, and look through our binder to see what you’d like to borrow. Membership is free for MHC patrons and volunteers, with a suggested donation of $12 annually for those who don’t qualify to use our food pantry services. Members may borrow up to 3 items at a time. Tool Share Hours of operation for June and July: Monday-Friday 12:30pm-5:30pm. Visit the website for more details.
  • Report Streets in Need of Repair
    • If you ever come across streets in need of repair, use the City of Bloomington's handy reporting form to let officials know the location and problem. Cyclists and pedestrians, this is a great tool to utilize when issus arrise with bike lanes and sidewalks. Have you come across broken glass or gravel while biking? Report it! Use this form, attach a photo if you'd like.
  • Start Thinking Small
    • IU Surplus Stores are now accepting "any and all", no matter how "small" or what condition, university items! They want your used/spent highlighters, pens, cell phones, and even your paper clips and rubber bands. In an effort to make sure that even the smallest of surplus items are properly disposed of, recycled, or better yet reused, IU Surplus Stores have partnered with IU Mail Services to offer a simple yet effective and efficient way of giving those items to Surplus Stores. Using Campus Mail envelope or small box, send your items by simply marking the envelope's recipient  as Surplus Store. Now you know how thinking "small" can have a "BIG" impact on the sustainability efforts of Indiana University! Visit this link for more information.