Committed to Sustainability
Using lumber from the Guilford Woods is not where the commitment to sustainability begins or ends. The farm itself is a testament to Guilford’s sustainable practices.
Recently, on the farm, it’s been about protecting the vegetables from the year’s first frosts. Nick, with help from student interns, covers the broccoli and harvests peppers, while leaving some of the winter mixed greens to weather the cold. The food simultaneously serves students in Guilford’s cafeteria and patrons in communities with limited access to grocery stores and fresh produce. On another part of the farm, chickens pick and scratch a patch of field, tilling it without the use of the tractor.
“I really enjoy showing students and the community that sustainable farming practices can be profitable,” Nick says. “And my passion is food justice,” Audrey says. “It’s been such a pleasure to work with a diverse and motivated group of students and to be able to mentor and walk alongside them.”
As Bonner Coordinator, Audrey is a huge part of why Guilford’s students have so many opportunities to work and volunteer in service of addressing food insecurity, among other community issues.
“We have a great network of community partners that have allowed us to grow our service-learning sites and connect more deeply to our Greensboro community. This year has been especially eventful with the beginning of the Mobile Oasis Farmer's Market this fall,” she says.
The Mobile Oasis project, on average, makes four or five stops a week, selling in Greensboro’s food deserts and improving access to nutritious and affordable food. Through the project, Guilford has developed and sustained meaningful relationships with the Department of Health and Humans Services, local farmers, community organizers, and the Mustard Seed Clinic in the Cottage Grove neighborhood, one of the Mobile Oasis’ regular stops.
Interested in learning more about Guilford College’s commitment to sustainability? Schedule a visit and tour the farm yourself!