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Planting, Tending and Reaping: The Community Garden Update

by Shanna Salmon ’13

veggies photoThe new sustainable community garden, which was created last spring, started as an idea proposed by Vince Giorgio ’13, an international business and environmental studies major, in his environmental sociology honors course. Located on Linden Street next to the Experiential Learning and Career Development Center, the garden is thriving.

With the support of Brian Jennings, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, Giorgio has seen the garden sprout into a thriving new addition to the Albright and Reading community. “It’s flourishing more than I anticipated,” he said.

Jennings worked in the garden during the summer while most students were on vacation. “The garden has been successful beyond expectations… producing tomatoes, beans, green peppers, zucchinis, pumpkins, dill, onions, parsley, broccoli, rosemary and spinach,” he said. 

The produce is being sold in front of the Campus Center and has seen great response from students and faculty. Karen Shuker, secretary of academic affairs, bought string beans, cucumbers and tomatoes from Jennings over the summer. “The freshly picked and organic produce was very good quality,” Shuker said. Jennings said the funds from sales have gone right back into the garden.

garden photoDuring the summer, Alexander Blackstone ’13 also worked five hours a week on flowering, tending, collecting and selling the garden’s produce. Blackstone, a psychology and biology major said, “I’ve always loved the outdoors and the garden was a perfect summer job.” 

Giorgio and Craig Smith ’13, president of Environmental Campus Outreach club, have taken on much of the responsibility this fall.

Giorgio’s priorities for the garden include expansion into community plots, elimination and addition of plants, and integration into the green house located behind the Career Development office.

Next summer, Jennings said he hopes to create internships for Albright students and involve the College Heights community, which has also shown an interest.

Giorgio hopes to make the garden more of a club effort and integrate it into the environmental studies curriculum. Jennings added that a new academic track for the garden is being considered as well.

Interested in reading more about the Community Garden? Check out the article in the Spring 2012 issue of the Albright Reporter!

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