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Rolypigs Popular In Elementary Schools!

The Rolypig: The cute, adorable, efficient Rolypig Composter continues to be popular with Elementary Schools. Often the Rolypig serves to generate curriculum in the schools Science program.

New and Improved Rolypig!

Best Practices: When feeding your food waste to the Rolypig it is best to feed small items – about the size of a golf ball would be perfect. This makes the food waste move smoothly through the Rolypig and the composting process. But when the compost comes out the back end and is not fully matured, no problem, just feed it into the Rolypig for another run.

Timing: It takes about 10 weeks for your Rolypig to produce compost.


Greenfox Schools Newsletter

Greenfox Newsletter
August 2011
In This Issue
Fall Programs

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Summer is coming to a close and here at Greenfox we are gearing up for the new school year. Read on to find out more about what the Greenfox Team has been up to this summer and what we have in store for the fall!
Fall Programs

As we head into our second year of programming, there are exciting things in store for Greenfox Schools! Building upon our success last year, we have expanded our programming with Cambridge Community Schools to include the Morse School. We will continue offering programs at King Open, Haggerty, Martin Luther King Jr./Amigos, and Tobin Schools. We are also excited to bring on two new interns: Kiersten Abate and Sarah Stickney. Kiersten will be our Program Support intern and be responsible for crucial aspects of grant writing and recruitment. Sarah will be our new Teaching Intern and will be assisting Will, the Program Director, in teaching classes this fall.


This past August 18th – the 20th, the annual Boston Greenfest took place at Boston City Hall. It is an all-ages event that focuses on every aspect of environmental sustainability from improving home insulation to showcasing latest eco-friendly technologies to incorporating sustainability into everyday habits. A host of local organizations and civic groups participated, including non-profits, towns, and small businesses. Greenfox Schools was no exception and we were present to hand out flyers and publicize for our teaching positions this fall, as well as our organization’s mission and impact in the community.

photo from Boston Greenfest website

Kristen Visits Kroka
This August, founder Kristen von Hoffmann spent a week volunteering at a farm and wilderness camp called Kroka Expeditions, located in Marlow, New Hampshire. Kroka runs programming throughout the year, and is a place that is committed to awakening in young people a connection to nature and the spirit within, and a capacity for conscious living and compassionate service.

While at Kroka, Kristen worked with a group of ten and eleven-year-old students as an assistant counselor, living in the forest with the children and learning traditional and indigenous skills from the group leaders. Together they hiked mountains, cooked all of their food over fires, slept on hemlock boughs in a traditional native dwelling, carved wood, sang, paddled boats, swam, and played.
Kroka offers wilderness adventure, community living, and farming and was founded by Misha Golfman and Lynne Boudreau in 1996. To learn more about Kroka, please click here.

We hope that you enjoyed this edition of the Greenfox Newsletter. To find out more about the organization and projects currently underway check out our website or follow us on Facebook. Thank you for your ongoing support!

All the best,


Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director

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GreenFox Monthly Update

May has been a busy month here at Greenfox Schools!  In addition to our spring programs and classes, our team has taken part in several events to benefit local students and the environment. We are exited to share with you a bit about the wonderful things we have been a part of this month and the events we have in store!  Read on to find out more!
Greenfox’s Earthfest After Party

Join us this Thursday, May 26 at Kitty O’Sheas where we will hold  our  EarthFest After Party! Kick off Memorial Day weekend with a fun night of friends, drinks, and great raffle prizes, while giving back to the environment & local school children! Help us reach our goal of raising $5000 to expand afterschool programs.
To learn more about this event, click here or visit our event page at http://www.facebook.com/greenfoxschools.

This past Satuday, May 21st, the Greenfox Team hosted a booth at Boston’s 92.9 Earthfest 2011. The event, which annually attracts over 100,000 people, was a huge success! Greenfox Schools’ Development Coordinators, Tara Fortunato and Kat Parkinson Gaska, organized Greenfox’s participation at the event, and were joined by Greenfox5 Global Fellow, Cece Santos, and Founder, Kristen von Hoffmann. The team was on hand running a seed-planting activity for hundreds of children and visitors who stopped by to check out Greenfox Schools, and the team educated visitors about Greenfox Schools’ educational programming and mission. Children and visitors at our booth planted a variety of organic vegetable seeds in compostable pots, which they decorated and took home to plant.
Fresh Pond Day

Fresh Pond Day was a great success this year at the Fresh Pond Reservation in Cambridge, MA.  On May 7, many people came out to celebrate one of the city’s largest open spaces with nature walks, story telling, and many other activities that celebrated our local environment.

Greenfox Schools ran a booth at Fresh Pond Day and helped with the Adopt-A-Tree program.  In an effort to increase the number of trees in Cambridge, the Adopt-A-Tree program, headed up by Ranger Jean Rogers, gave residents free pine, spruce, and cedar seedlings. Greenfox team members Ashlee Dahlberg, Tara Fortunato, Kristen von Hoffmann, and Audra Burns  handed out trees to residents and talked with children and families about tree care and Greenfox educational programs.

Greenfox at Climate Change Summit

On Saturday, May 23rd, Greenfox Schools was represented at Youth CAN’s annual Climate Change Summit at MIT. The summit brought together students in grades 7-12 and educators of students in grades 7-12 for a day of workshops, entertainment, and a key note address from Colin Beavan, No Impact Man. The special theme of this year’s summit was food, and students were empowered to become educated consumers who understand the importance of their food choices for personal health and the health and sustainability of the larger community.

A Fresh Perspective on Sustainability
Cece Santos, Greenfox5 Global Fellow, has written a recent article for Greenfox Schools entitled, “Urban Sustainability and Society.” Check it our on our blog.  Cece writes about a lecture she recently attended at Boston University’s “Discoveries Lecture Series” on behalf of Greenfox Schools. The lecture was called “We Are What We Eat: Issues of Food Supply,” and Cece writes about Professor Nathan Philip’s take on how to balance industrial food systems with high quality-of-life standards. Her take-home point was the simple question, “do my daily actions help the planet or drain it?” This question, she explains, can help students as well as adults take their first steps towards a sustainable lifestyle.

We hope that you enjoyed our May Newsletter.  Don’t forget to  visit us online at http://www.greenfoxchools.com   to learn more about the organization and to find out how you can get involved. Thank you for your support!

All the best,


Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director

Clean, Green Fun at City’s Schools

News : Education Mar 18, 2011 – 9:57 AM

Clean, green fun at city schools

By Mayor’s office, city of Stamford

Mayor Michael Pavia is announcing the rollout of the “RolyPig” composter to Springdale Elementary School. The Solid Waste and Recycling Department has purchased six RolyPig composters, which will be used at six schools to compost organic food waste. This program will begin at Springdale School with the help of Mayor Pavia, Recycling Supervisor, Dan Colleluori and Phys Ed Instructor, Jeff Gruetzner, on Thursday, March 24th at 12 noon at the school.

Students and Staff from the school, along with Chartwells Food Services (the company that supplies the cafeteria food) will all be working together to “feed” the pig. The compost generated will go into the school’s gardens.

‘The RolyPig composter is a fun and easy way for our school children to take the kitchen and food waste at school and turn it into compost. It offers an interactive opportunity to participate in yet another level of recycling,” shared Mayor Michael Pavia.

After about 12-15 weeks of feeding and rolling, the RolyPig compost will be ready for the garden. Additional schools slated to receive the RolyPig are Dolan and Cloonan Middle Schools, and the International School at Rogers Magnet.

It is anticipated that continued recycling education will help make Stamford a greener environment, while helping reduce our waste removal costs.

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