• Students Digging New Residence Hall Garden
    Thursday, May 14, 2015 at

  • Cal Lutheran University freshmen planted the first residence hall garden on campus last week. Freshman students living on campus and resident assistant staff will oversee and tend the garden as part of CLU's Sustainable Edible Education (SEEd) Project.

    "We're planting vegetables that students are likely to eat—carrots, greens, onions—but we’ll also try to expose students to veggies and growing methods that they may not have encountered," says Sam Thomas, the SEEd Project coordinator. The produce from the garden will be mostly served to the students in the freshman dorms living by the garden. During the summer or whenever there is a surplus, the vegetables will be donated to the local food bank.

    In 2010, CLU established its first SEEd garden. The long-term goal of the SEEd Project is to create smaller satellite gardens, such as this new garden by the freshman dorms, around the campus. "Each will have its own student-staff team to care for the garden. There will be signage explaining the garden, native plants, pollinators and our bee apiary," says Thomas.

    The underlying goal of the SEEd Project is to provide students with experiential learning opportunities that engage both the "built" and the "natural" environments. "We want students to see themselves as part of an ecosystem, as part of a community of people who care about land and sustainability, and as consumers who are conscientious about issues around food and farming," says Thomas. "We also want the program itself to be sustainable and life-giving to those who participate in it."

    Agromin donated seven yards of its Premium Blend soil, made especially for pots, containers and raised beds. The soil is Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) listed.  

    For more information, go to CLU SEEd Project.

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  • New Garden Beds at Mesa View School in Huntington Beach Get Agromin Planting Soil
    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at

  • Parent volunteers and school personnel built 10 new gardens boxes at Mesa View Middle School in Huntington Beach. They were quickly filled with eight cubic yards of organic planting soil from Agromin.

    Agromin had previously donated soil to Mesa View for eight garden plots. Vegetables, herbs, fruit trees and even a butterfly garden were planted. The harvest was so successful that the decision was made to expand the garden.

    Lori Manz, who teaches a combined science/health/gardening class, says "it's been fun watching students grow and eat vegetables they've never seen before, and to learn how important organic, healthy soil produces healthy food."

    Each student is involved in some activity: planting, weeding, watering, harvesting or gathering organic materials for the composter. Tending a garden offers good life lesson. According to Ms. Manz, students learn the cycle of life, the value of good nutrition and hard work, and the successes and even failures that come with gardening. "These concepts can be applied to most situations students will face at school, work or daily life," she says.

    Congratulations to Ms. Manz and her class for truly learning (and teaching others) the importance of sustainable gardening.

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