“Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman (’71) believes we need to keep on pushing” in the Goshen News

Photo by the Goshen News

Allan Kauffman grew up in Goshen, graduated from Goshen High School and later Goshen College. He got married, raised a family here and worked many years in the office supply business, all while serving multiple terms on Goshen’s City Council. Sixteen years ago he was appointed mayor and has since won re-election four times. … To him, Goshen is a special place that he has dedicated his life to making stronger and better.

Student-run composting program simply turns waste to food: ‘Nothing else like it’

Goshen College junior Natasha Weisenbeck, a public relations major from Clifton, Ill., is a student volunteer on the composting team. At the end of every day, a student volunteer spends 15 minutes collecting receptacles in the dining hall with all the food waste and dumping the contents into the campus compost bin, a large insulated wooden box located behind the dining hall dumpsters. Woodchips are added which introduces bacteria to the food, preventing odors and helping break up the pile.

On a typical weekday during the semester, about 75 to 100 pounds of food waste is produced in the college’s dining hall. Because of student commitment and ingenuity, that waste is now turned into compost, which is used as a natural fertilizer in a small garden, eventually producing vegetables and herbs for meals to be served to students.