July 27, 2017

Community garden grows on campus

St. Kate’s Food Justice Coalition and BioClub complete an expansion of the campus community garden outside the dining hall. Photo by Michaela Charleston.

What started out as a small test plot for a community garden last fall is today four raised beds and a patio set on St. Catherine University's campus in St. Paul.

Members of the Food Justice Coalition and BioClub spent a sunny July afternoon furiously digging, planting and building. The garden, located outside the dining hall (southeast side of Coeur de Catherine), bears a variety of vegetables, herbs and bee-friendly flowers.

“Over time, we hope to have more boxes and a garden that can not only educate students about where food comes from but help feed them,” said Joshua Haringa, assistant professor of communications and faculty advisor for the Food Justice Coalition. “The mechanics of how the food will be distributed hasn't been fully worked out. That will be decided by members of St. Kate's Food Justice Coalition, [which is responsible for proposing this on-campus garden]." For now, working in the garden will give students access to harvest. Our hope is to distribute all excess produce through the campus food shelf that's housed at the CSJ's Carondelet Center.”

Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply on Selby Avenue donated the seeds and plants. Funding for building supplies came from St. Kate’s Weekend Student Advisory Board.

"Gardening is a good life skill to have," said Esther Swanson '18, a BioClub member. "We really need to know how to cook more than macaroni and cheese."

photos by michaela charleston
story by Pauline Oo