Post by MIDN 2/C Helena Cheslack
The Naval Academy’s Green Classroom is an extracurricular activity for midshipmen focused on healthy living and environmentalism. As part of this vision, the members of the group discuss nutrition as well as the effects of commercial food on our health and the health of the environment.
Many of the members are vegetarian or vegan, and their reasons include not only health-consciousness but also respect for animal rights as well as the impact of farming practices on the environment.
Several members of Green Classroom visited Poplar Springs Farm Sanctuary in Poolesville, Maryland Oct. 5 for their open house. The sanctuary takes in neglected or abused farm animals such as pigs, horses, sheep, goats and chickens. The all-volunteer force cares for the animals and provides them with a comfortable and loving home.
The midshipmen in Green Classroom enjoyed playing with the animals and the vegan food at the event. In the future the group hopes to volunteer on the weekends to help take care of the animals.