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Politics class starts SAU community garden

Community Garden at SAU

Laurinburg, N.C. - One day after a rare snow flurry in Laurinburg, a group of students from the Politics 250: Contemporary Issues - The Environmental Challenge Class at St. Andrews University took on a challenge of their own.

“One of the learning outcomes for the course is for students to formulate an ethical response to the global environmental challenge and one vehicle for them to work on this is to complete a class environmental project,” said Distinguished Professor of Politics and Asian Studies Larry Schulz. “They chose to create a community garden to strengthen their relationship with nature, grow some of their own food and participate in a sustainable and highly beneficial activity that is in harmony with the campus environment.”

The seven students in the class are joining with a campus group called Primal headed by Ramsey Vogt.

"In an effort to put lessons learned into practice and to help create a beneficial project for the St. Andrews community, we are joyfully taking on the task of designing, creating and building and implementing a garden," said class leader Rebekah Webster. "This unique garden will be featured on the residential side of the lake near the back of the Belk Center."

The initial garden will be a fenced in 10' by 10' box garden with a variety of vegetables and herbs located off the Belk Center service road near the lake.

“The class is responsible for developing a site plan, for garden construction, for having a planting scheme and each is keeping a journal of work and reflection on the project,” said Schulz. “They are encouraged to bring other students into the project and work with Chartwells (Food Services) on possible use of herbs and vegetables in the kitchen.”

Webster added, "As a class, we will work to implement our ideas and provide a basis for a community garden open to anyone and everyone at SAU who is interested in sharing in a bountiful crop.

"Our hope is that this project will be the first stepping stone towards a larger community garden being planted, tended to and enjoyed by the St. Andrews community," said Webster. "Once we put the finishing touches on this garden, it will be open to all SAU members to plant, harvest and enjoy. What first begins with wood, soil and seeds will help to unite our community and provide healthy choices for snacks. We view this venture as an incredible opportunity for so many to become involved."

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