Tuesday, April 7, 2009

GW Getting a Vegetable Garden?

With all of the excitement surrounding Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden, it was only time before some of that enthusiasm trickled down to GW.

The Food Justice Alliance is a GW student org working to get a community garden on campus by this fall.

Their goal is to:
Create a community garden that will allow students and the larger DC community to connect with food production through service-learning.

In order to meet their goal, FJA is working with a variety of GW and community partners, including Sodexho, the GW Office of Sustainability, the GW Grounds and Maintenance department, the GW Landscape Design Graduate Program, the Foggy Bottom Garden Club, St. Mary’s Court, Common Good City Farm, and students from AU and GU.

Tentatively planned for the patch of land behind Ross Hall on H St, the garden will feature local fruits and veggies, including produce that was grown on the Mount Vernon Estate.

The garden is to be managed by a variety of community partners, including students, faculty, and Foggy Bottom residents, including elderly and homeless citizens

Overhead costs will be met by selling fruits and vegetables at the Foggy Bottom Farmers Market, while excess produce will be donate to Miriam’s Kitchen and the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry.

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