UH Gardening Series: Develop your green thumb on campus

Campus Community Garden: The Facts

At the UH Campus Community Garden, the art of growing organic produce is on vivid display. Gardening is an integral part of maintaining a sustainable community, but it’s also a fun, relaxing experience!

The original campus garden was created in February 2009 at Lynn Eusan Park. Later that year, the garden moved to its current location at the corner of Cullen and Wheeler next to Cougar Woods Dining hall.

The garden consists of 10 beds and is maintained by our hard-working garden coordinator, Casey Hall, a post-baccalaureate student at UH.

Who and What

During the fall and spring semesters, weekly events are held at the garden that involve volunteers from UH and beyond. The UH Metropolitan Volunteer Program (MVP) and YES Prep Academy have collaborated on garden events in the past year.

Urban Harvest provides Hall with organic gardening tips and tricks. In exchange for their expertise, UH offers space to the local non-profit for their classes. Through an initiative with Urban Harvest, UH Bonner Leaders volunteer at the garden and collaborate with Hall on projects and donations.

Squash, cucumbers, sweet potatoes and peppers are just a few of the crops being harvested during the summer months. Depending on the time of year, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, parsley, dill, collard greens, buckwheat and okra are all harvested in the garden!

The Campus Garden Gives Back

In spring 2014, a total of 310 pounds of garden produce was donated to local food pantries like Manna House and Star of Hope.

“Our primary goal is to educate students, staff—and anybody willing to join in at the garden—about eating better, being active and living sustainably,” said Hall. “We also place a strong emphasis on giving back to the community—especially since we’re located in a food desert.”

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Want To Get Involved? We’re hiring!

We are seeking a part-time student worker currently attending UH’s central campus to serve as the garden assistant. If you have a knack for growing, check out the job description.

If you’d like to volunteer, see a list of upcoming events on the garden’s Facebook page or contact Casey Hall at clhall@uh.edu. You can also visit the garden’s website for general information. If you do join in, be sure to wear something you don’t mind getting dirty! 🙂

Keep a close eye on our blog for more of the UH Gardening Series!

–Nicole Blanton

 

 

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