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Students bring garden to life

July 10, 2015

A select group of Honors students are bringing life back into the community gardens around campus, particularly in the plant beds outside the Undergraduate Library.

Led by Honors Senior Lecturer Aaron Martin, these nine students have been busy weeding, planting, harvesting and selling their herbs and vegetables as part of their Spring/Summer service-learning course Surveying Food and Politics across Academic Majors.

Martin explained the class focuses on students researching an issue about food with-in their chosen major or discipline, connecting their research to politics, and then understanding the real world implications of their research.

In addition to their coursework, they have spent an hour-and-fifteen minutes a week in the Warrior Demonstration Garden outside the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. “Even though they (students) are doing basic gardening work, they are understanding why, for instance, despite the fact we have an organic garden, why some people decide it is more efficient to use inorganic pesticides,” Martin said.

The group held a planting party on Saturday, May 23, where they planted lettuce, kale, greens, cucumbers, squash, peppers, tomatoes, and various types of herbs. The produce was purchased with funds from the Dean of Students Office and SeedWayne.  

Produce will also be sold at the Wayne State Farmer’s Market, which takes place every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Reuther Library.