The Poop Campaign
First Update for Summer 2013

Its been a busy couple of weeks at the AJLC. I was gone for the week of Commencement, and came back to a nearly fully planted garden, courtesy of Allison and other Caroline. Since then, we’ve been tending to our baby brassicas and solanacae while planting more herbs, beans, peas, and edible flowers. Plans are still in the works to plant part of the grape hill with squash and other cucurbits. In just a few months (barring sudden attack-of-the-deer), we should be overflowing with fresh vegetables.

Right now we’re harvesting fresh strawberries (we’ve left a few out for our winged friends, but most are underneath netting, protecting them for OCS visitors). We’re also harvesting radishes and herbs.

But there’s more to the AJLC than just the garden. We’ve been working on taking care of the orchard, thinning fruit and removing any signs of fire blight. The wetland is being constantly weeded of invasives, though we’ve learned that it is almost entirely invasives, and are reconsidering our strategy. As the only person on the team this summer who is trained in the Living Machine and in the lab, I’ve enjoyed teaching Griff and Allison about doing Ops and Labs and giving the Living Machine plants haircuts.

Last Friday Allison and I biked around town in the rain collecting samples from Plum Creek, and I think we both successfully avoided poison ivy. I’m so used to doing Plum Creek lab in the winter and early spring that I almost didn’t recognize some of the sites that we went to sample at.

The last couple days have been pretty rainy and cloudy (typical Ohio), so we’ve gotten a lot of inside work done. It has also helped the garden and the pond, which was looking very low. Hopefully this week we can start one of the larger projects, such as a new trellis for the grapes, a chicken coop, or planting raspberries along the wall of Hallock Auditorium. More updates to come!

Enjoy this beautiful photo of our home. Let’s keep it beautiful.

Thanks for supporting the poop campaign. Just because the free coffee is over doesn’t mean the Living Machine is shut down. You can come to the AJLC anytime and participate in a greener way to treat waste. 

Happy Earth Day everyone! 

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The Highest Resolution Photograph of Planet Earth ever taken

Stunning.  Happy Earth Day :)

The Living Machine: Too small a solution for such a large problem?

The Living Machine does great work at Oberlin, but does it do enough? Can biological waste treatment really alleviate the need for large, energy-wasting, conventional treatment plants? This NY Times article gives hope that it can! Read about the awesome constructed wetlands waste treatment popping (or should we say pOOping) up in small towns in America: http://tinyurl.com/cdkrlfe

Even Ecolympics keynote speaker, Erik Assadourian promotes the Poop Campaign! He mentioned it in his speech about Degrowth this past Wednesday. Come to the AJLC to see what all the fuss is about!

Even Ecolympics keynote speaker, Erik Assadourian promotes the Poop Campaign! He mentioned it in his speech about Degrowth this past Wednesday. Come to the AJLC to see what all the fuss is about!

You may have seen these awesome posters around campus, designed by our very own Sarah Lejeune! It’s not human waste, it’s human RESOURCE! Come to the AJLC and give a $hit for the Environment!

You may have seen these awesome posters around campus, designed by our very own Sarah Lejeune! It’s not human waste, it’s human RESOURCE! Come to the AJLC and give a $hit for the Environment!

Cool video tour of a small version of the Living Machine aboard “Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum,” a sustainable house-boat that sailed on one of New York’s most environmentally disturbed waterways. See how it works!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEJgT4C40o4&feature=related

The Scoop on Poop

Hi! And welcome to the official blog of Oberlin College’s POOP CAMPAIGN! The campaign is part of the annual Ecolympics events on campus. The campaign has two goals:

1) Getting people to come check out the Living Machine in the AJLC and find out what it does! (And maybe donating some of their own valuable brown to the LM)

2) Increasing awareness about waste management, including what human waste is, how it’s disposed of and why we should all be more aware of it!

So, check back here for regular updates on events, interesting facts, articles and videos and follow the Living Machine on twitter and facebook as well! And tell your friends!