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Veteran Kyle Amsberry Plants the Seeds of a Dream in the New Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program

US Military Veteran Kyle Amsberry was introduced to Transcendental Meditation, and its beneficial effects on combat veterans, while serving our country. He soon learned about MUM and was drawn to the idea of studying Sustainable Living while also working toward becoming a TM Teacher.

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$10,000 Grant Brings Total New Trees to Approximately 240 on Maharishi U Campus

Some 100 additional trees were recently planted by volunteers on the campus of Maharishi University of Management, thanks to a $10,000 grant from Alliant Energy. This is the third such grant from Alliant, bringing the total to approximately 240 new trees in the past two years.

In addition, wide-ranging plans for a more park-like campus landscape include cleaning up the creek area and planting fruit and nut trees.

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Biosphere 2 Architect, Dr. Phil Hawes, to Teach Permaculture at MUM

Whether you’re a Sustainable Living student or not, getting your Permaculture Design Certificate will change the way you look at food, water, energy, waste, and where you live.

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Company Donates Tools to Organic Agriculture Program

Students in the new program in regenerative organic agriculture are enjoying using approximately 30 new hand tools donated in January by Iowa tool manufacturing company Wilcox All-Pro Tools, including a variety of short- and long-handled digging trowels, weeders, soil scoops, and soil sifters.

The students have been using them to plant beds in the Sustainable Living Center’s arboretum and to seed flats for the upcoming season.

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Soil Science with Francis Thicke

Sustainable Living has been honored to have local entrepreneur and organic dairy farmer Francis Thicke teaching our first week of Soil Science.

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Local TV Interview with Dr. Thimmaiah, Director of ROAP

MUM’s new Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program (ROAP) gets its face on the local news!

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MUM’s Sustainable Living Center Recognized for Energy Efficiency

Maharishi University of Management’s Schwartz-Guich Sustainable Living Center has caught the attention of Getting to Net Zero, an organization that keeps track of ultra-efficient buildings and their energy usage.

According to their calculations, the Sustainable Living Center’s net Energy Use Intensity (EUI) was -0.5 in 2015, indicating that the building produced 5 percent more energy than it used.

Getting to Net Zero said that the Center is among the highest-performing buildings they had encountered, especially given Iowa’s harsh climate.

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Infosys Founder Offers Scholarships for Ag Students

Mr. S.D. Shibulal, a cofounder of technology giant Infosys, and Mrs. Kumari Shibulal received a Maharishi Award at the 2016 Fall Celebration, at which time they announced that their foundation would be providing scholarships totaling $100,000 for students from India who enroll in the new Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program that will begin in January.

Infosys is a global leader in technology services and consulting, with clients in more than 50 countries.

The Shibulals were honored with an award for their charitable work, which includes organizing social programs for the underprivileged...

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New Short Course: Biodynamic Agriculture

Taught by Dr. Thimmaiah  Register Now!

Dr. A. Thimmaiah (Dr. Thim) is a globally respected expert on organic and biodynamic agriculture and an advocate for self-sufficient farming systems worldwide. He promotes a regenerative, low-carbon approach to restoring the health of the earth and producing the healthiest foods for the most people. Through constant innovation and research, Dr. Thimm plays a leading role in the development of programs that support food security, regeneration of the earth, and rural poverty reduction.

Dr. Thimmaiah has advised leading agribusiness...

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Heads of Biodynamic Ag Associations Speak to Students

Robert Karp, co-director of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, and Jim Fullmer, co-director of the Demeter Association, both recently spoke to students in a course on biodynamic agriculture.

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