On Friday, November 7th, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate Rebecca Quesnell, in collaboration with Roosevelt University’s Physical Resources Department, hosted the first Wabash Rooftop Garden planning meeting of its kind. The meeting was developed in an attempt to involve the RU community, which includes faculty, staff, and students, in the Rooftop Garden planning for Spring ’15. The meeting was a huge success considering it was the first of its kind and a total of six were present at the meeting. Several others have expressed interest in getting involved with the planning for this coming Spring as well, so as of now there are about a total of twelve individuals interested. This is wonderful considering that student associates come and go and graduate. If there is more RU community involvement, we can have a strong garden just as the one out at the Schaumburg campus is.
This initial kickoff meeting included briefly going over background information on the garden, as well as delving into the focus for Spring of ’15, which then lead into a group discussion, and ended with next steps for the garden. Wonderful ideas and suggestions were brought up during the meeting, and it is very exciting to know that involvement is already flourishing for this coming year. One major idea that was brought up during the meeting revolved around starting the plants indoors. This past Spring was cooler than it was warm and plantings were done early in the Spring due to certain circumstances. As such, it cannot hurt to start the seedlings inside and then transplant them when the weather warms up so that there can be optimum success with the garden this coming year!
If you have any interest in getting involved with the garden, please feel free to contact myself, Rebecca Quesnell, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or feel free to stop by the Physical Resources Department in Wabash B16.
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