Anthony Waldrop Profile

Posted By Horizon Staff March 28th, 2013 in Features : 1 COMMENTS

Kirk Fetters
Staff Writer

Those lovely carrots in the DC are this guy’s brain child. Farm Fresh Fridays are, too. His gardens produce some of the food that is donated to the Bread of Life Ministry. He is Anthony Waldrop, the Sustainability and Marketing Coordinator for Sodexo in the DC.

His roots are in Bakersfield and he grew up in the shade of the giants, the sequoias, which he said germinated his passion for sustainability and green living. He recently graduated from Westmont in the class of 2011 with a major in biology and an emphasis in ecology and natual history.

When he left Westmont two years ago, he was looking hard for a job. He found an internship at Five Loaves Farm in Santa Barbara. Five Loaves is a part of a Christian organization of farms from across the globe named A Rocha that “engages in scientific research, community-based conservation projects and environmental education” in response to the biblical call to be good stewards.

Three months after he began the internship, Waldrop decided to look for a full-time job. He realized that his work at the time could be applied at Westmont, so he contacted the school. Westmont denied him a job, but after talking to Westmont’s DC manager from Sodexo, he got a part-time job cultivating the school’s gardens.

So he has been here since. Letting God make some carrots and peas in the ground. Now, back up a bit. He is not just planting things and then picking them for a job; he’s being sustainable.

Waldrop describes being sustainable as using less resources for food growth and creating a garden that is not harmful to the environment and does not create an “ecological desert.” By that, he meant that there is diversity in the gardens and no insects were harmed by chemicals in the growing of the food.

In an effort to expand the whole operation, Waldrop recently received a grant from WCSA to plant around 40 trees with exotic fruit, such as three types of guava, kiwifruit, mandarin, pomagranate, fuji and gala apples and a pomello tree. These trees will not begin producing large quantities of fruit for another three years or so. There has even been talk of putting an herb garden on top of the DC, but figurative ground has not been broken for that project just yet.

Waldrop isn’t just Westmont’s designated farmer. Some might call him a missionary, overseeing the growth of produce for donation, whether the cause be Bread of Life or another organization. Some might call him an athlete. He was on the Westmont soccer team during his time as a student and also plays tennis. He must have an affinity for lower campus. As a warning, though, gophers in his garden should watch their backs; his favorite movie is “Caddyshack.”

Waldrop is the reason the DC has snow peas, carrots, good lettuce and a day of very nice lemonade. The gardens grow abundantly and will continue to as long as he remains planted there. After all, he’s a Westmont alumnus — aren’t they guaranteed to succeed?

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