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Sustainable Garden Club grows naturally

By Jay Stewart
On April 5, 2017

The Sustainable Garden Club is a new student run organization on Kirkwood Community College’s campus dedicated to growing vegetables sustainably. 

According to the club’s vice president and founding member Betsy Borchardt, the club will focus on growing less common vegetables that are heirloom or unique in some way. 

Colorful dragon carrots and purple kale are just a few foods that the club plans to grow. After the vegetables are harvested they plan to sell them in Linn Hall to students, faculty and staff. 

“The vegetables will be sold along with recipe cards that will show how to cook them and what kinds of dishes can be made,” said Borchardt. 

The club also plans to start an “hours for vegetables” program where students can work in the gardens and receive vegetables in return.

Borchardt said, “Sustainability is all about doing things naturally. Part of what this means is not using any artificial herbicides or pesticides of any kind.” 

One thing the club plans to do is plant garlic and onions all around the outside of the garden beds to repel rabbits. 

The club began in November 2016 and now has 25 members including students and advisors. Members were able to raise money for the club by holding dance parties at a local yoga studio and by starting a Gofundme page. 

Over $500 has been raised and the club was able to network with the carpentry department to help build new beds for the garden using the money, according to Borchardt. 

The construction of the beds was recently completed. They will be filled using soil and compost from the city as well as ground up oyster shell to assist with PH levels. 

The garden will be 20 square feet when completed and the club hopes to build a greenhouse as well that will feature both geothermal and passive solar heat.

The Sustainable Garden club meets at 11:25 the second and fourth Tuesday every month in the sustainable classroom in Jones Hall. Borchardt said that they are actively looking for new members.

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