Popular "Pig-Posting" Program Resumes at Dunn
Each year, Dunn welcomes a special group of Earwigs to our residential community: three pigs that live in a pen near the Middle School.
The curly-tailed omnivores are the centerpiece of the school's student-led "pig-posting" (as opposed to composting) program, where food scraps from the Dunn Kitchen are collected and fed to the pigs every day. The program is supervised by STEM teacher and Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Beth McCoy.
"Having the pigs on campus helps us reduce the amount of waste we send to the landfill," McCoy explains. "Each pig on average eats about 7 pounds of food per day. If you do the math, this allows us to prevent about 3,000 pounds of food waste —one and a half tons —from going to the landfill each year."
Organized by senior Eli Jensen, the food is carted to the pig pen on a bicycle specially designated for pig food deliveries.
"Although we've all been told to try and eat everything we put on our plates, this is not always the case," she continues. "Instead of scraping our leftovers into the trash to add to the growing figure of 72 billion pounds of food waste sent off to US landfills annually, our waste can now provide nourishment for our new little friends."