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UNTHSC’s community garden thrives on many levels

Mon, Apr 21, 2014

Around Campus, In the Community

Community Gardeners

UNHSC’s first Community Garden has done more than put a vacant piece of land to productive use; it has brought UNTHSC positive media coverage and cultivated community support.

The garden has been featured in three local magazines: Fort Worth, Texas; 360West and 76107. The community at large has donated more than $3,000 in materials, including soil, organic fertilizers, plants and compost bins.

All that, and it provides another way for us to provide Solutions for a Healthier Community as well. At least 25 percent of the produce harvested will go to local food banks. And there is a 10-person waiting list for plots to garden.

“The level of commitment from the UNTHSC community and from donors has exceeded all our expectations,” said Betsy Friauf, Garden Coordinator. “We plan to expand the garden, and eventually, we will open it to the public.”

The garden began sprouting to life on Feb. 15, when 40 volunteers built the 4-by-12-foot frames, filled them with soil and mulched paths between plots. The volunteers were students, faculty, staff and several children of UNTHSC employees.

Located at 3621 W. Seventh St., the garden will be open for tours at UNTHSC’s Earth Day Fair on April 24. Walking tours will depart the MET south entrance at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. that day.

The American Community Garden Association defines a community garden as any piece of land gardened by a group of people. And ours fits the bill. It was created and is maintained by group effort.

Only organic products and methods are used in the garden. This supports the university’s mission and that of the Office of Sustainability, responsible for the garden. The Sustainability Committee supported the garden’s founding with initial funding of $8,000.

If you’d like to add your name to the waiting list to rent a plot at $35 per year, please contact Sustainability Coordinator Sandy Bauman, sandy.bauman@unthsc.edu, 817-735-2554; or Friauf, betsy.friauf@unthsc.edu or 817-735-2554.

The garden continues to accept cash or in-kind donations. Contacts are Sandy Bauman and Betsy Friauf.

 

 

 

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