April 21 2008
Indiana State has provided land for expert and novice gardeners to plant 10 foot by 10 foot garden plots free of charge. In return, gardeners promise to tend to their plots, plant only annuals and refrain from using pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Participants also are encouraged to donate a portion of the produce raised to the food pantry of their choice.
â€œWeâ€™re excited about this project in terms of what weâ€™re doing for the environment and raising awareness of hunger,â€ said Nancy Brattain-Rogers, director of Indiana Stateâ€™s Center for Public Service and Community Engagement. â€œIt also fits well with Indiana Stateâ€™s work on sustainability.â€
Participants will gather Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon to learn gardening basics and begin work on their plots. Rogers and John Etling of Catholic Charities Food Bank will speak during a brief ceremony.
Rogers hopes to offer expert gardening advice through the help of volunteers and conduct weekly childrenâ€™s programs throughout the summer.
â€œThe project is multi-faceted,â€ she said. â€œThere are educational, social and physical fitness benefits for individuals as well as our community.â€
Rogers anticipates up to 50 plots will be reserved for the gardenâ€™s inaugural growing season, which runs from April 26 to Oct. 4. Garden plots are still available to individuals, families and organizations, she added.
The garden, located at 217 N. 11th Street, is a collaborative effort by Indiana State's Facilities Management, the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement and several community partners including Purdue Extension, Sisters of Providence, White Violet Center, Catholic Charities of Terre Haute, Downtown Terre Haute, Inc., and the City of Terre Haute.
For more information about the Community Garden project or to reserve a plot, call 812-237-2334 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Contact: Nancy Rogers, Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, (812) 237-7900 or email@example.com
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
An Indiana State University community project is growing a sense of community while helping fight hunger.