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3 August 2010
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The article features the unique Organic Farms at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. MUM Organic Farms has been certified organic for five years and grows vegetables, herbs, and fruits on ten acres (4 hectares) of land and in three greenhouses, the largest being one full acre. Five or six days a week, workers harvest and deliver the produce to the MUM kitchen.
Since the 1970s, MUM has offered freshly-prepared wholesome meals in its dining halls. In 1999, the University decided to switch to organic produce, and in 2003 founded MUM Organic Farms to ensure the quality and freshness of the produce used in the kitchen.
Growing and serving organic food provides the campus community with healthy meals to support the development of consciousness, and also contributes to the University's wide-ranging initiatives to become a sustainable campus.
Last year Dr Steve McLaskey, Director of MUM Farms, received a grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture to test the feasibility of growing produce in the large unheated MUM greenhouses throughout the Iowa winter. The trial was successful, reducing fossil fuel usage by 88%.
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