STEPHENVILLE (September 29, 2015) – Throughout today Tarleton students, faculty and volunteers worked together to plant the TSU sustainability garden located by the Fine Arts Center. Today marked the historic first fall planting of the garden, which has been around for only two years. This fall students planted a variety cool season vegetables and herbs such as spinach, carrots, squash, lettuce, basil, rosemary and oregano.
Dr. Don Cawthon’s vegetable production class met in the sustainability garden this morning to help with planting seeds in the garden’s 41 beds. Senior Chessie Garrett, an animal science major in the class, said that it was her first time to work in a garden and wants to “diversify” herself by learning to grow her own vegetables.
Paula McKeehan, assistant professor of the Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences department, uses the food grown by the sustainability garden for her food lab classes. She said that students who participate in growing their own food appreciate it more and that it has more value for them.
“We are wanting to incorporate more of the campus community with students, so we’ve developed a program with a volunteer system this semester,” McKeehan said. “Students, faculty and staff will be given the first harvest to thank them for their help.”
Vegetable production class member and senior Jerri Pond said, “It gives me a sense of accomplishment to be able to provide for myself.”
If you want to help with the sustainability garden by weeding, watering or planting, email McKeehan at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Sarah Murray at 254-968-9490.