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