Southern Maine Community College Garden
Our college started a pilot community garden course last summer, but no longer has the funds to continue it next spring. One of our faculty members from Zambia instructed the course and shared his cultural knowledge of sustainability with all of us. I took part in the program, and I am still reaping the rewards from the seeds I had sown. Myself, and other members of our honors society, are looking to take over this program and to make it available to even more students this spring. It would be a shame to let these beds sit idle and go to waste.
Our goals include continuing the existing program and creating an on-campus composting system. We have a culinary arts program and a dining hall on campus, both of which generate considerable amounts of organic waste that we could utilize right in our garden.
Maine is one of the most food insecure states in the nation, and we all know a college education is very expensive, so tough choices must be made. We do not believe that the scholars of tomorrow should make the choice of whether or not to go hungry in order to stay in school. Because of this we also just started an on-campus food pantry for students. Now we are looking to help provide fresh wholesome and healthy produce to the neediest students among us. Also, our college is in the city, and many students do not have land to grow their own food. We will ask that the students who grow in the garden will donate some of their surplus to our pantry.
With your help, we can help fight hunger in Southern Maine, and serve many cash-strapped college students delicious and nutritious food.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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