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Using Co-op to Define a Major: Berley ’16 at Enviroflight, LLC in Maysville, Kentucky

Enviroflight is a tiny but growing company with an office, warehouse, greenhouse, wetlab and 3 raised garden beds. With five employees, including myself, we manage the facilities seven days per week in order to bag frass. Frass, being the left over product of feeding black soldier fly larvae, is what we are after. It has the nutritional value that is needed in the aquaculture feed world. So, here at Enviroflight we raise lots and lots of flies!

Yang, the lab technician and I have five different types of trials running. Yang is testing to see how we can ramp up production. He is looking for how much to feed, what to feed, and when to feed. So far we have had promising results. The second trial, which I mainly run, consists of the yellow perch. We are testing four different diets on 202 perch to see the results of weight and growth.

The third trial, which I created, is the pasture fertilization trial. On the Antioch farm I am testing the growth rate of hay using frass as a fertilizer. The fourth trial consists of fertilization with vegetables. We are testing and comparing our frass with another organic fertilizer to see how vegetables sprout and grow.

One of my objectives during co-op was to figure out whether I wanted to go to pharmacy school. I have used this co-op to figure that out. I learned on this co-op that I love science but do not like official lab work. I looked back on when I worked at a pharmacy and realized that I really did like working there. I didn’t like unpleasant customers, crazy doctor’s offices or unhelpful insurance companies but did like the chemistry and math behind the compounding areas of the pharmacy. So now, I have reconsidered pharmacy and hope to work as a hospital compounding pharmacist.

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