Community Garden brings campus, community together
By Kelsey Hoff
April kicks off the third year for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside community garden. Twenty-eight gardeners have already signed up and there's room for more.
People usually grow fruits and vegetables in their own plots and communal plots are being established for asparagus, strawberries, and raspberries. Gardeners also grow herbs and flowers in communal plots. During the harvest season they encourage donations to local food banks.
Student clubs have been involved with the group in the past (the Environmental Club and the Conscientious Foodies) and students often volunteer through the Earthday/Hunger Clean Up activities on campus in April. This year, volunteers help with re-chipping the pathways on Saturday, April 21.
"The garden has been a great way to connect gardeners on campus and to get to know other faculty, staff, and students in a unique way," said Dr. Patricia Cleary, who coordinates the garden.
There is still time to sign up for the UW-Parkside Community Garden in 2012. Large and small plots are available on a first-come-first-served basis through Cleary at firstname.lastname@example.org by email.
In the photo, from humble beginning--dirt, really--the UW-Parkside Community Garden has become a community resource. Shown at the ceremonial turning of the first shovel are Dave Rogers, left, Terry Brown, center, Chris Zanowski, second from right, and Patricia Cleary, right.