It’s no secret around the sustainable student community that urban gardening is, well, the “hot” thing to do. Green living-themed student houses now grow their own veggies for family-style dinners, campuses like Augsburg College host their own farmer’s markets, and almost any student with stomach for fresh, local food won’t hesitate to spend a day laboring and learning on an organic farm.
At Hungry for Justice, the HOT Urban Gardening Coalition (UGC) based out of Waco, Texas will share ideas and tools for Campus Kitchens and other Poverty Summit participants to expand their current sustainable, urban gardening fascination – and put ideas to action.
UGC’s presentation during 75-minute Saturday breakout sessions will focus on ways to develop community gardens, as well as how to involve children and the arts in creating an inviting space to be enjoyed by the entire community.
The session could prove a useful booster for current Campus Kitchen community gardeners at locations like Gonzaga University, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Washington and Lee University. But UGC will also provide the necessary information to inspire those who’ve been looking to build their own community gardens.
UGC’s programming spans a range of educational activities, economic initiatives, and community events. Among other things, the organization has helped to: establish a food stamp campaign in Waco, hold community garden training workshops, provide an urban gardening scholarship, and hold a celebration in recognition of students in garden clubs.
Meet Bethel Erickson and Grace Ladd of the HOT Urban Gardening Coalition at 1:30 p.m. during Hungry for Justice’s Saturday summit – and leave with your thumb looking a little greener than when you arrived.