Thursday, May 5, 2011

Preparing for Summer’s Harvest

Fourteen students joined with Advocates for a Sustainable Future (ASF) on a balmy first day of May to make preparations for summer crops in Gordon’s campus vegetable garden. With help from Gordon alum Jon Zoba, students learned to sustainably manage the garden using organic farming methods.

Ready to get their hands dirty, student volunteers learned to work with nature by preemptively nourishing the health of the soil and plants.
Sustaining an organic garden is important to students at Gordon but also comes with challenges. Zoba, who regularly comes back to campus to work on the garden, provided insights and resources to help ASF prepare for future problems that often require artificial fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Thanks to the many students who volunteered, and ASF’s dedication, Gordon’s garden was fertilized, weeded and is ready for planting. ASF, an environmental student group on campus, also found success in their mission to promote sustainability awareness and community.

The organic garden provides fresh-picked produce to campus when harvest is bountiful. Every summer their produce sales generate financial resources to help maintain the farm while providing educational opportunities on campus.

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