West Bank community gardens: come one, come all
Written by Louis Mielke
The West Bank Community Garden (WBCG) is almost through its first season. The student run garden houses tomato trellises, native perennials, plenty of kale and scattered pollinator beds on a patch of lawn between the Carlson School of Management and Rarig Center. It is the first community garden of its kind on the West Bank campus. The WBCG project design and implementation was led by a core group of students to create a space where faculty, community members, and students would stimulate social interactions in the context of education around healthy food and environment. It was made possible by the acceptance of a Living Laboratory proposal through the Twin Cities Sustainability Committee.
The hardest parts of the garden implementation have been completed – this space can now be molded by students with counsel from University administration. The IonE Mini Grant supported the start-up costs of this project along with guidance from University faculty, staff, and community members. The garden looks good – at least it is a start – there are many things that can be improved this upcoming year. More perennial seeds can be sewn, bunnies can be warded off, and a variety of foods can be grown. Most of the core gardeners are upperclassmen. They are looking to mentor underclassmen to run the garden next spring, summer, and fall mainly to introduce them to a large net and support system set up for the sustenance of the garden.
No gardening experience is need to run it (although it would be beneficial). If you are interested in leading garden efforts, please stop by on Thursdays at 6pm to meet the core group of gardeners or firstname.lastname@example.org to keep in touch.