New Meeting Time!!!

Please note that meetings for the Spring 2013 school term have been moved to WEDNESDAY evenings at 7pm in the basement of the Wesley Foundation (the building between Lee Honors College and the flagpoles) on WMU campus. See you there!

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Weekly Lunches are Back!

For reals? For reals! Weekly lunches kicked off last week with lovely luscious lentil soup, sweetie potato muffins, and flippin’ fantastic flatbread–all for only $3! It went so well, we’re doing it again every week til Thanksgiving. Come join us in the basement of Wesley on Wednesdays any time between 11:30 and 1:30. Bring friends or meet new ones there. If you’re in a hurry, bring some containers and take lunch to go! Check out the Facebook event page for more info – Next lunch is October 24, 2012!

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Welcome Back Open Mic! – Tues., Oct. 2, 7pm

Join the Campus Beets and guests for a night of food, entertainment, and friends in the Wesley Center lower level on the WMU campus! The event takes place Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7pm. Admission is free and super delicious food will be provided (including vegan and gluten-free options). It’s an open mic event, so there will be lots of great things to hear and see–and we hope you’ll participate, too!

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Upcoming Garden Workdays!

We have 2 garden workdays coming up!  All members of the community (the world community) are invited to join!

Garden Workday Friday the 13th Edition!

April 13th 12-5pm 1205 Summit Ave.

Friday is suppose to be beautiful and warm(er than the past few days). So what better way to spend it than getting your hands dirty in the Campus Beet Garden!

We will spend our time clearing out old plants from the beds, adding nutrients and compost to the beds, preparing the soil for planting, setting up poles and trellises for peas and beans, weeding, and maybe even planting a few things!!!
Wear old clothes, and bring a water bottle. We may even have an edible treat for all you volunteers!!!

Earth Day Workday!

April 22nd 12-5pm 1205 Summit Ave.
April 22nd is Earth Day, and in it’s honor we will be celebrating the earth by digging in the earth! We will have some campus beet treats for those that attend and will spend a little time planning what will happen in the garden this summer. Bring your work gloves and a little creativity and we can make sure the garden puts its best foot forward going into summer!

The garden is located near the corner of Summit and Douglas, just north of Kalamazoo College.

See you there!


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Earth Week 2012: With lots of Treats from the BEET!

April 15 at 12:00pm until April 22 at 11:30pm

Earth Week is a week long celebration of this planet we all call home packed full of events about lovin the earth! (Keep checking this page as more events will be added as time goes on)

*Sun 15th:

The Office for Sustainability in collaboration with Students for a Sustainable Earth will be hosting SustainabiliBASH, the first annual sustainability-themed open house. It will be held at the Gibbs House for Environmental Research and Education on April 15 from 12-5 p.m. The event will offer variety of activities and skill-sharing workshops and WILL CONCLUDE WITH FREE FOOD AND MUSIC FOR ALL.

Mon 16th:

25% by 2025 Call to Action:
Students for a Sustainable Earth Miller Fountain, 10am-12pm

You Can Fix Racism:
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BHC Ballroom, 6:30pm
Tea with Damali at the Oaklands, 4:30pm

Tue 17th:

Campus Beet film night double feature: FARMAGEDDON and The GREENHORNS. 4-9pm room 213 Bernhard Center (FREE!)

Jobs 21:
Mark Schauer at Chem 1720, 7-9pm
Students for a Sustainable Earth

Wed 18th:

Campus Beet Weekly Wednesday Lunch:
Wesley Foundation basement (by the flagpoles on WMUs Campus) 11am-2pm Eat lunch with The Campus Beet! Every Wednesday The Beet will be serving a delicious meal with 2 dishes and a dessert. Warm yourself up with a homemade meal! Fill your tummy with Michigan yummy for only $5!

Really, Really FREE Market, Spring Edition:
Solid Waste Reduction has partnered with Students for a Sustainable Earth to put on a Spring Edition of the Really Really Free Market during Earth Week. 10am-4:30pm room 106 Bernhard Center.

Wesley Wednesday:
The Wesley Foundation (near the flagpoles) will be handing out seedlings in honor of earth week! (FREE!)

The Climate Challenge:
Lee Sprague at Chem 1720, 7-9pm
Students for a Sustainable Earth

Thu 19th:

Arbor Day!:
Landscape Services is hosting their annual Arbor Day celebration on April 19th at 10:30am. Attendees can help plant a tree, learn about a student’s research on tree grafting, and be part of a fun celebration.

Goin’ Off Da Grid:
Wesley Foundation Will Intentionally Be Without Power In Honor of Earth Week and To Bring Awareness to Our Own Consumption of Energy and The Use of Coal.
Join Us For Earth Friendly Activities:
Lemonade and Ice Water
6:00 pm Grilling Out
9:00 pm Outdoor Worship
10:00 pm Camp Fire

Beyond Nuclear:
Kevin Kamps at Chem 1720, 7-9pm
Students for a Sustainable Earth

Fri 20th:

Invasive Plant Removal, Kleinstuck Preserve:
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. EMAIL ASAP! Volunteers will run stations to help 6th and 7th graders pull up invasive species. This event is put on by WMU’s Natural Areas Program and the Stewards of Kleinstuck. Please contact Liga at for more info and to volunteer.

Kalamazoo River Update:
Richard Fuller at Chem 1720, 7-9pm
Students for a Sustainable Earth

Sat 21st:

Fair Farm Bill Call-in Day:
Call Senator Stabenow’s office and tell her you support a fair farm bill.
DC Office (202) 224-4822
West Mi Office: (616) 975-0052

Earth Day Celebration at the Kalamazoo Nature Center:
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
9 – 11 am Garlic Mustard Pull – volunteers needed!
9 am – 5 pm Trails and Interpretive Center Open
9 am – 5 pm “Look Up” by Amy Holysz, Glen Vista Gallery
10 am – 4 pm Community Information Tables
10 am – 4 pm Information on KNC Programs (DeLano Farms, Conservation Stewardship, Camp, School and Outreach Programs, and Volunteer Opportunities)
10:30 am and 1:30 pm LIVE Creature Features
Noon What in the World Are you Eating? with Dan Keto
Celebrate Earth Day by exploring the trails and exhibits at the Kalamazoo Nature Cener. Cost: FREE

Earth Day Concert:
Celebrate Earth Day with talented musicians from Earthworks Music Collective. Performers will include Gifts or Creatures, Red Tail Ring, Rachael and Dominic Davis, Darlene and Dede Alderman, and Sam Corbin. This special concert event will include activities for children. 3 pm Kalamazoo Public Library – Oshtemo Branch

Sun 22nd:

Take time to make small changes in your life that will have a big impact on the environment. To pledge an act of green visit:

Earth Day Events:

Campus BEET Community Garden Earth Day Workday:
12-5pm 1205 Summit Ave Kalamazoo (near the corner of Summit and Douglas, just north of Kalamazoo College) Grab your garden gloves and join the campus Beet Garden for a day of planting, weeding and fun! A good way to get out of the house between studying for finals.

Wildflower Walk Kalamazoo Nature Center:
The Beech-Maple forest is perfect habitat for spring wildflowers. Come search for early bloomers: Bloodroot, Dutchman’s Breeches, Hepatica, and Spring Beauty.
Cost: Regular KNC admission
Time: 2 pm
Phone: 269-381-1574

Public Tour: Earth Day – WMAS Artists Kalamazoo Institute of Arts:
Public tour on Earth Day. We will examine works in the West Michigan Area Show and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Permanent Collection that focus on the Earth.
Cost: FREE
Time: 2 pm
Phone: 269-349-7775

Kellogg Bird Sanctuary:
Celebrate Earth Day with Free Admission to the Sanctuary! Bring a friend and get outside!
Cost: FREE
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
Phone: 269-671-2510

Some events are SAF funded, through the student activity fee

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Campus Beet Catering

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Here are some pictures from The Campus Beets’ first catering gig.  We served approximately 50 people and of course everyone loved the food!  The Campus Beet looks forward to doing more catering in the future.  Please send your requests to

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1st Garden Workday of the Year! (BE THERE!)

We have renewed our landbank lease for the 2012 season and are excited to get the garden growing again!  As it stands we already have several herbs and strawberries coming up, and kale and carrots that made it through the winter.  But, it is a new spring (or summer? it was 84 degrees today, I no longer know which way is south or what month it is!) and we need to do some spring cleaning and get some plants in the ground.  On Saturday March 31st at 12:00 noon we will be having  BIG workday and hope that everyone can make it out to help.  We need to pick up trash, organize pots and tools in the shed, weed, mix compost into the soil and make plans for the coming year!  The campus beet will provide ice tea and lemon-aide as a thank you for all your hard work.

See you there! LOVE THE CAMPUS BEET!

Top: The lot after it survived the winter.

Bottom: Part of a tree branch that fell last weekend, leaving two of our beds open to more sun!!!

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