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Engaging Students in Organic Gardening Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Engaging students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Organic Garden Laura Williams, Geography and Environmental Resources
  • 2. The Beginnings  Eco Dawgs- Student wanted to create a garden that grew food for the school  Geog 429- Demonstrate the viability and benefits of growing food organically in Southern Illinois  Leah May, Jon Dyer - contacted different departments to see where the garden could be located: Vermicomposting Center  Garden needed to be functional and fulfill a certain purpose  Geog 488- proposal drawn up for the garden  Christensen Award for Student Research in Sustainability, $500, Garden Won, LOGIC is an RSO
  • 3. More Production  First students saw need for more production to come from the garden  Proposal put into the Green Fund for a high tunnel to be constructed and a graduate assistant position  Green Fund/ Sustainability Council: Eco Dawgs - $10/ semester  Basic tenants of proposals: contribute to sustainability at SIU, be highly student designed and led, incorporate education, outreach, and/ or research  Other students moved on
  • 4. Original Goals  Educate – Students, University, Community  Produce – Food for the Dining Hall  Organic – Learned the benefits in Geog 429, Dr. Leslie Duram, Geography of Local and Organic Food  Sustainable - Closed loop system  Community – Incorporate and network with the Local Farmers in the area  Connection – With SIU students and other departments on campus, other community schools and community residents
  • 5. Important relationships  Housing: Chef Bill Connors  Geography Department: Dr. Leslie Duram, Dr. Matthew Therrell  Green Fund  Dining Halls: Making connections, talking, discussing how we deliver, what they like, need, use, etc.  Agriculture Department: Dr. Alan Walters, April Vigardt  Student body
  • 6. Operations  Housing provided tools and seed to get started  Green Fund provided tools and seed for continuation  Garden manager, funded by Green Fund, Graduate Assistant  Interns  Volunteers
  • 7. Student Involvement  Site for classes: Geography of Local and Organic Food, Sustainable Development, University Sustainability, Elementary and Middle School Curriculum, Sustainable Vegetable Production  Internships through Geography Department, Sustainability Council  Student workers from Geography, Plant and Soil Science, and Forestry  Local tour site for area middle and high schools
  • 8. Successes & Obstacles  Student interest grew quickly  Environmental Ambassador Award: Incentive for Student Participation  First workshop, Record Keeping  Seasons of Dining Halls coordinated with seasons of garden: Need better understanding  Summer: Need a full time paid worker  Coordinate with RSO: Graduate Assistant & RSO officers
  • 9. Needs for the Future  Incorporate garden manager as a permanent position, money for a few student workers, this money possibly coming from Housing and/ or Green Fund  Continue working with the Agriculture Department  Network with SIU students: Raise awareness on campus  Connect with local community/ local farmers  Build alumni networks  Draw a deeper connection between people and their food source  Network with other universities
  • 10. Future Goals & Aspirations  Continue organizing, collaborating, and informing  More production and more student involvment  Permaculture Site is developed and grows: demonstrate new, innovative ways to grow food  Vermicenter and gardens: Sustainability Demonstration Site  SIU – understand the potential, administration takes notice  Workshops, conferences, research  Financial sustainability
  • 11. My research  Case study  Surveyed students  Interview stakeholders  Put together ideas of students and stakeholders to design a possible future plan for the long term structure of the garden- present this to administration
  • 12. Thank you, Questions?  www.sustainability.siuc.edu/food