campus farm

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Dean walks calmly towards the stables. It’s weird to come down this far into the campus farm, as he’s never been this far on his own before. Being a journalism major doesn’t really make time to see the livestock. But this is where the guy said he would be, so Dean’s kind of got to stick with it. He’s got a deadline.

“Castiel Novak?” He calls out, gripping his notebook to himself, trying not to step in the more muddy areas.

“Down here!” He hears a voice respond.

Dean carefully maneuvers his way down to the end of the barn, getting odd moos from the cows locked in the stables. He can see some of the agriculture majors in there milking and he shivers. Who would willingly touch cow boob is beyond him.

Castiel steps out of an office type area and gives Dean a huge grin. He’s wearing freakin overalls. Dean doesn’t think it’s cute. He doesn’t. Can’t focus on how Cas wearing overalls isn’t cute when this article is due in two weeks.

“Hello, Dean!” Castiel greets, wiping his hands on his stupid denim overalls. “Come on, I’ve got the best place for us to talk.”

“Alright.” Dean nods, trying not to check out Castiel’s ass.

When this guy first volunteered for Dean’s project, Dean thought this was going to be a shoe-in. Muddy farmer agriculture major talking about the importance of livestock. Not sexy at all. So he fucking thought. Cas was hot and it was annoying.

Cas leads him down to a meadow where just a single bench sat, shadowed by a large oak tree that had to be at least fifty years old. It’s surrounded by lush grass and wildflowers. On the hill, he can oversee the tiny college town their campus is near.

“Wow. This looks friggin awesome.” Dean comments as they sit down next to each other on the bench.

“Doesn’t it?” Cas agrees, “I come here sometimes to do homework. It’s serene.”

“You can say that again.”

Cas tosses an arm over the bench haphazardly before lolling his head back into the arch of the bench. “So what can I answer for you, Dean?”

Dean blinks a couple of times. Oh, right. Article. “Well, uh,” He fumbles for his pen and notebook, “What can you tell me about the economic purpose of cows?”

Cas frowns slightly, his brow pinching. “Hmm, that’s not what I thought you were going to ask me.”

Dean furrows. “What do you mean? What did you think I was going to ask you?”

He gets a shrug in return. “I thought you were going to ask me out.”

Dean fumbles for his words but before he can even get one out, Cas cuts him off.

“I saw you checking out my ass, Dean. Both when we met, and on the way hear. I’m not blind.” Cas says with a smirk, and Dean can feel his face flushing with heat. “Even in my barn clothes, you think I’m attractive.” 

And again, before Dean can even speak, Cas is leaning over towards him. “For the record, I think you’re attractive as well.” He whispers into Dean’s ear. Dean can barely repress a shiver.

“Well, I, uh,” Dean’s throat clicks. “Thank you.”

Cas pulls away, a smug grin on his face. “You’re welcome. Now are we going to talk about cows or are you going to ask me out?”

“I kind of need to do this project.” Dean says rapidly.

“Who says we can’t do that while sitting down for a cup of tea?”

“Tea?”

Cas laughs. “Yes, tea. I hate coffee.”

“Oh.”

Cas sits up and leans into Dean’s space. “So does that sound good? You, me, tea, and talking about cows?”

Dean catches Cas’s deep, blue stare. “Yeah, sure, that sounds awesome.”

“Great.” Cas smiles genuinely, his eyes lighting up. “I’ll see you a Cafe Moolatto at 7.” Then he winks, heaves himself up, and walks back towards the barn.

And god help him, Dean watches his ass until he can’t see it anymore.

thepreachyvegan replied to your post “Vegans: animal products are terrible because animal cruelty Also…”

@dcstoevsky i am very aware of that. Thats why I dont pay for animals to be killed for food. It is unnecessary and fundementally unethical. Apparently I ak more aware of the horrors animals go through than you do. Otherwise you wouldn’t eat them either

“Unnecessary”  I think you’ll find people needing to eat is pretty necessary. Not everyone can live off a vegetarian or vegan diet. So eating meat is pretty necessary. 

Also I know full well you don’t know shit about agricultural processes and you get all your information of it from bias sources. I’ve lived on an agricultural campus / farm for three years and have helped and been educated first hand on the processes. 

We already know you make shit up already from your last reply, and the fact you still haven’t provided any citations to the previous claims you made. But please tell everyone the “horrors” you think you know + provide evidence and then I’ll consider taking anything you say serious.

But I know you won’t do that because you all hide behind emotionally manipulative language and outright lies to push your agenda.

So again I’m going to ask:

Do you have any agricultural experience?

Do you do anything directly to help improve the welfare of animals in agriculture? 

Or do you just not buy animal products and jerk off to your pseudo-superior ethics while harassing people online because you think you’re not contributing or responsible for killing animals, even though under capitalism all those organic, vegan products you buy are often owned by the same companies that produce animal products + are still bad for the environment and native animals. because there’s not ethically consumption under a system like capitalism?

Because there are actually people out there actively improving the regulations, laws and overall welfare for these animals and I know damn well that you aren’t one of them.

Desmids

Desmids are single-cell algae that are made up of over 5,000 different species found mostly in freshwater environments. Desmids themselves are often divided into two symmetrical halves connected by a thin bridge where the nucleus resides. In addition to releasing oxygen into the air, desmids also benefit humans by absorbing large amounts of barium from the water, which can be poisonous by interfering with nervous system function. 

Image by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus.

theguardian.com
Family resists Google's campus sprawl despite offer to buy farm for millions
The Martinellis try to preserve their family history and the agricultural spirit of the valley that is now surrounded on all sides by the tech company.

“A Bay Area family is holding on to its ramshackle farmstead in the heart of Google’s sprawling headquarters despite reason to believe it has been offered $5m to $7m by the tech giant for the tiny patch of land.

The land – which is home to battered pickups, a crumbling ice house, and a handful of renters – is now surrounded on all sides by the tech company’s more than 25-acre campus in Mountain View, California.

Measuring less than an acre, the property is also home to fig, tangerine, avocado and ancient pepper trees, many of which were planted and harvested by the late patriarch of the family, Victor Molinari, who died five years ago.

His surviving relatives appear disinclined to sell.

“Right now we’re living,” said Leonard Martinelli, 49. “We don’t need the money. Right now it’s not for sale.” His sister, Sandra Martinelli Bilyeu, 43, added: “If we keep it, we keep our history.”

But it is not only the family’s history that is being preserved.

A Google employee bikes in front of the Martinellis’ property at 1851 Charleston Road, in the middle of the Google campus. 

“Silicon Valley may now be synonymous with tech behemoths such as Google, Apple and Facebook, but not so long ago it was miles of lush farm fields where plums, cherries and tomatoes grew in abundance.”

The fabric of a community comes from what happened here. Newcomers have no connection to why we came here except for more jobs. That’s it for them.”
—Brian Grayson of the valley’s preservation action council. 

read more: guardian, 15.12.16.

Zebrafish embryo

Just 22 hours after fertilization, this zebrafish embryo is already taking shape. By 36 hours, all of the major organs will have started to form. The zebrafish’s rapid growth and see-through embryo make it ideal for scientists studying how organs develop.

Image courtesy of Philipp Keller, Bill Lemon, Yinan Wan and Kristin Branson, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, Va. Part of the exhibit Life:Magnified by ASCB and NIGMS.

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Zebrafish embryo

Just 22 hours after fertilization, this zebrafish embryo is already taking shape. By 36 hours, all of the major organs will have started to form. The zebrafish’s rapid growth and see-through embryo make it ideal for scientists studying how organs develop.

Credit: Philipp Keller, Bill Lemon, Yinan Wan and Kristin Branson, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, Va.

5 lambs were born at my college’s campus farm this afternoon! Pictured ewe is Bella, she had three girls at the same time as her daughter, Vivian. Vivian had a girl and a boy. They alternated lambing, so the siblings are not consecutively numbered. My first time witnessing a lamb birth in person 😊

Yay! Thanks  creativandalism

Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America

by Laura SayreSean ClarkFrederick L. Kirschenmann

Where will the next generation of farmers come from? What will their farms look like? Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America provides a concrete set of answers to these urgent questions, describing how, at a wide range of colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, students, faculty, and staff have joined together to establish on-campus farms as outdoor laboratories for agricultural and cultural education. From one-acre gardens to five-hundred-acre crop and livestock farms, student farms foster hands-on food-system literacy in a world where the shortcomings of input-intensive conventional agriculture have become increasingly apparent. They provide a context in which disciplinary boundaries are bridged, intellectual and manual skills are cultivated together, and abstract ideas about sustainability are put to the test. Editors Laura Sayre and Sean Clark have assembled a volume of essays written by pioneering educators directly involved in the founding and management of fifteen of the most influential student farms in North America. Arranged chronologically, Fields of Learning illustrates how the student farm movement originated in the nineteenth century, gained ground in the 1970s, and is flourishing today-from the University of California-Davis to Yale University, from Hampshire College to Central Carolina Community College, from the University of Montana to the University of Maine.