From: The Register Mail (Galesburg, IL)
In conjunction with the Great American Cleanup, various Knox College organizations and students spread across Galesburg Saturday morning, beautifying the city as they went.
Although the main focus of this year’s cleanup program was freeing Galesburg of trash and litter, some groups took on different projects of landscaping, home repair, planting trees and other various jobs.
“This is a really busy time on a college campus. We’re hurdling towards the end of the term and graduation. The fact that so many kids would still come out today is a great thing,” said Knox College President Teresa Amott… Read more…
From: Illinois Department of Agriculture (Springfield, IL)
The Illinois Department of Agriculture credits sharp-eyed grounds staff at Knox College with discovering the first emerald ash borers in Knox County, which has now been added to the emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine. Officials announced that “infestations of the tree-killing beetle were confirmed for the first time in Henry and Knox counties. The pest was discovered in Knox County by alert grounds staff at Knox College in Galesburg…” Read more…
From The Register-Mail
Helmut Mayer is rather modest when he explains why he began buying locally produced food to incorporate into menus he develops for Knox College.
“Many things here are student driven,” said Mayer, the college’s director of dining services. “I’m a no-bars-hold kind of guy and the students here are too — not beating around the bush.” So when Mayer, 61, heard students demanding not just organic food, but locally produced food, he stepped up the challenge.
“There’s a very high demand here for locally grown. Organic used to be the thing, but kids know organic can be mass produced — industrialized,” he said. “Locally grown is the big thing now.”
This year marks the third year Mayer will be purchasing produce through the area’s Local Grower’s Network… For his efforts to incorporate Galesburg area-produced food into the meals served to Knox students, faculty, and staff, Mayer recently was honored by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. The Alliance created the awards to recognize what it calls “the creative, innovative and pioneering local food activities in Illinois.”
He was one of 18 recipients of the 2011 Golden Beet Award. He was selected in the category of “Farm to School.”
Mayer’s nomination for the Golden Beet stated: “For several years, Helmut has made a special effort to purchase locally produced food for dining services at Knox College. He beats the drum for local food and educates staff and students about it. He was also interviewed for the ‘Wa$sted’ show on the Planet Green Network.”
Mayer said he was “totally surprised” by the award, but honored.