Campus Life Spotlight: Campus Garden Full of Life, Learning, and Lunch

Posted on Apr 12, 2011

As the nation continues to emphasize sustainability and 'being green', UW-Superior's Residence Life department and Residence Hall Association broke ground in 2010 for the UW-Superior campus garden.


The campus garden, located next to CMO, produced a plethora of fresh vegetables doing 2010 including peppers, tomatoes, zucchinis, and cucumbers. The garden was able to bring a variety of people together including Residence Life, Campus Recreation, and A'viands student and professional staff. Plans are in the works to continue celebrating community in 2011 by incorporating community meals featuring garden goods with students living on campus during the summer months, SOAP participants, and the campus community. Research shows that students who are involved and engaged in the campus community are more likely to be retained and satisfied with their college experience (Astin, 1999).


Many campuses around the nation use campus gardens as a learning laboratory for sustainability and resource management. Here at UW-Superior, learning in the garden's first year happened not only with the students who were instrumental in creating and maintaining the space, but also in plant labs around campus at the start of this academic year. The curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities for students are vast and the garden is ready for more campus participation and learning partnerships!


Much of the 2010 crop from the campus garden appeared in the Union Cafe to feed our students fresh, local, and sustainable foods; three important pillars of A'viands practices. The campus garden also helps A'viands be able to continue offering fresh foods that are currently in shortage around the nation such as tomatoes. In a few short months, when you grab a sandwich at Jacket Java, there is a good chance you will be eating produce grown right here on campus!


Sound like something you would like to get involved in? Do you want to incorporate the campus garden into your classes? Do you have a special set of skills? Contact Residence Life to get involved! A little dirt under the fingers does the soul and our students good!

Astin, A. W. Student Involvement: A developmental theory for higher education. Journal of College Student Development, v40 n5 p518-29 Sep-Oct 1999

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