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Published on February 17th, 2010 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

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The College Community Garden: 6 Schools Growin’ their Own

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Students work in Duke University's community garden

You likely associate community gardens with neighborhoods: residents (either with permission or “guerrilla gardening”-style) take over an empty lot and turn it into a green space. It turns out that colleges and universities have gotten in on the act: a number of schools around the US now offer space to students, faculty, and staff members who want to dig in the dirt, and grow their own food. The University of Idaho is the most recent school to host a community garden; others have done it for years, or even decades. Here are just a few…

  • The University of Wisconsin’s Eagle Heights Community Gardens (EHCG): Since 1962, Badgers have had the opportunity to grow food locally and organically at this garden located at a university apartment complex. According to the garden’s web site, it’s a diverse activity: “the pool of gardeners speak approximately 60 languages.”
  • Grand Valley State University Community Garden: This Michigan school’s garden started as a class project: students in a philosophy course on ecological literacy and sustainability designed and implemented the garden the 2008 Winter semester.

Read more about school community gardens at the Sundance Channel’s SUNfiltered blog.

Image credit: Duke University Office of News and Communication/ Photographer Megan Morr



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