RU Rooftop Garden Harvest

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A group of our volunteers contributing to our largest harvest of Summer 2015.

I am pleased to announce that the Roosevelt University Rooftop Garden has surpassed last year in terms of production! We have harvested approximately 34 pounds of produce, which is a pound more than what was collected in 2014. Not only that, but the garden is still continuing to produce small amounts as we head from summer into fall with cooler weather on the way.

Time and pests were not in our favor this past summer, but we worked diligently to keep the garden in shape and producing. The garden is typically managed by an Environmental Sustainability Student Associate with the Physical Resources Department, and it is just one project of many. With that in mind, we owe a lot to our volunteers who have been able to contribute time to the garden in many different ways including, but not limited, to the following: starting seeds inside during the winter, watering, transplanting, pulling weeds, harvesting, and more.

While the garden may stop producing for part of the year, in our case, we still plan for it year round and welcome folks from the RU community to get involved. You can be involved with the design of the garden, profiling plants, deciding on what should be planted together based on companion planting, you can take a tour, volunteer directly outside, or help get plants started indoors in the late winter. There are various ways that folks can get involved, and we encourage every bit of it! We are very excited about what this next year will bring.

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We harvested 21.6 pounds of lettuce, kale, spinach, swiss chard, collard greens, carrots, onions, leeks, arugula, and nasturtium– all used in the Wabash Dining Center!

For questions on how you can get involved, volunteer, or do a class tour of the garden, please contact Rebecca Quesnell, Sustainable Operations Coordinator, at rquesnell@roosevelt.edu.

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