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Student garden focuses efforts on expanding, teaching sustainability

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Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 22:08

Student garden focuses efforts on expanding, teaching sustainability

Dwight Jorge | The Parthenon

The sign for Marshall University’s student garden off Fifth Avenue. The garden offers a variety of vegetables to students, faculty and staff. Senior natural resource major Angela Kargul said the garden promotes sustainability in an urban city.

Most students have never heard of the Marshall University Student Garden, but with the garden going into its third year, workers are hoping to spread the word.

The garden is divided on campus between the greenhouse, which is used for flowers, and a vegetable garden located on Fifth Avenue and 22nd Street behind the Career Services building. The garden contains peppers, squash, sweet potatoes and more.

“This year, I pick the vegetables every morning and I bring them around campus to different buildings and departments,” Angela Kargul, senior natural resource major, said.

Kargul said she takes the vegetables around campus in order to get the word out about the garden.

“Nobody really knew what the garden was before,” Kargul said. “They would see the raised beds and plants, but not know what it was. We just now got a garden sign, so now I go around and tell people we have vegetables and I give them away for free.”

Sandy Davis, sophomore political science major, said she had never heard of the garden but is happy we have one.

“I didn’t know we had a garden on campus, but I think it’s awesome that we grow our own vegetables on campus,” Davis said. “I think it’s good that we have one and I will have to check that out when I walk back to my car later.”

Kargul said the garden is in the process of expanding to reach more students.

“We are trying to figure out how to put together some kind of stand somewhere, maybe once a week, and maybe ask for donations and to give way vegetables,” Kargul said. “Just about everything we got to plant the garden has been donated. So, I would hate to charge.”

Kargul said the goal of the garden is to promote and teach sustainability in an urban city like Huntington.

“A lot of kids, students and older students have never planted or grew vegetables in a garden,” Kargul said. “For the younger kids, some of them don’t even know where their vegetables come from. So, this is an experiment to have people learn.”

“I think it’s a good thing that they are trying to teach students about how to grow vegetables,” Davis said. “I mean who doesn’t like to eat vegetables? They are great.”

Students can contact the Sustainability Department, which is based on campus inside the James E. Morrow Library, to learn more about the garden and to get involved.

Dwight Jorge can be contacted at jorge@marshall.edu.

 

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