11.01.2011 Seeds in the News
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Organic garden thrives in hidden campus spot
By Paul Ochoa
Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011
In between the Circadian Lounge, the L Building, and the Quad is an organic vegetable garden that most have probably never even noticed.
That garden is a project of the Seeds Of Change club.
“The purpose of the club is to teach students about sustainability,” says Sharon Newman-Gomez, interim advisor and math professor.
“The club molds you into a rounded environmentalist,” said Mike Abi-Farah, biology.
Abi-Farah joined to get more involved in the community. “You realize eventually that you got to do something cause no one else is.”
Members of the club come from different backgrounds and have different reasons for joining the club whether it be a love of nature or a passion for gardening-and they use their different backgrounds to teach each other.
“I was encouraged to join for self improvement and to learn more about sustainability efforts and public outreach,” said Gregory Brown, sustainability enterprise management major.
The students in the club have a drive not found in most clubs.
They take the initiative to make a change themselves by visiting the garden on a daily bases and tending to the vegetables when needed.
“They are a very self-motivated group who don’t need any lead.
They lead, and I follow. I came here to learn,” said Newman-Gomez Club members grow tomatoes, pole beans, Japanese eggplants, cucumbers, and other vegetables.
They also make their own compost and have installed their own irrigation system.
“All our seeds are certified organic,” said Jason Carman, club president.
The Seeds of Change meets on Tuesdays at noon in the Organic vegetable garden and has Garden
Fridays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Newman-Gomez encourages everyone to attend their event.