St. Andrew's Gardeners Celebrate Season's First Potluck

SEED Wayne's St. Andrew's Garden had the season's first potluck, June 20. Several allotees brought dishes prepared with harvests from their plots. Others shopped at the Wayne State Farmers market for ingredients for their offering, while a couple brought foods with products whose provenance is less clear! Still, a tasty meal consisting of multiple helpings was enjoyed by all!

St. Andrew's Garden participants come from all over campus; they are students and scholars of subjects that range from biology and health sciences to social sciences to languages to engineering to law and urban planning. They include undergraduates, graduate students, staff, alumni, and faculty. They are members of different ethnic and cultural groups and range in age from the low 20s to the mid-50s.

Participants also bring wide-ranging experiences and techniques in gardening and urban agriculture--from the novice gardener to the highly experienced master gardener and bee-keeper, Bette Huster. Incoming urban planning student Natalie Lyon has developed a vertical trellis for her peas that is the envy of other gardeners.

Gardeners started with cold crops such as strawberries, spinach, arugula and other greens, and are transitioning to hot crops such as tomatoes, chiles, and eggplant. The unseasonably dry conditions to date have made for more laborious watering and weeding of plots.

Built in 2009, St. Andrew's Garden is one of three SEED Wayne gardens, along with Warrior and Parking Structure #5 Rooftop Gardens. All are led by recently graduated Biology major Adam Pruett. Nearly two dozen participants have signed up in groups to take care of 18 plots.

The Warrior Garden needs volunteers. To learn more, write adam.pruett@wayne.edu.

 

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St. Andrew's Gardeners Celebrate Season's First Potluck 5/26/2016
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