The weather is convincing us that it is now Fall time, which means bundling up more and more, hot soup, hot chocolate, pumpkins, and more. But even so, this should not hold us back from thinking ahead, on how we want the Wabash Rooftop Garden to look this coming Spring of ’15. We learned a lot about what can and cannot grow up on the fifth floor due to certain temperature, sun, soil, and water-related conditions and requirements. As such, we can take that gained knowledge and apply it to the garden as we go into its third functioning year. One focus, aside from getting production for this coming year, is to expand involvement with the garden. With this in mind, outreaching has to start now. There has already been interest from some faculty, staff, and students, but we at the Physical Resources Department within Roosevelt University would like to expand that outreach even more!
Brainstorming has already started, and includes such ideas as including more flowers (both those which are beneficial to the biodiversity of the garden, as well as those which would add some color to the garden); starting more of the vegetables and flowers indoors; and including/ focusing on more vegetables and herbs that the dining center will use (especially basil!). Those currently involved in planning are hoping to hold a meeting, in which to collaborate and brainstorm together, within the next couple weeks, and invite and encourage those who are interested in helping with this process to attend (find out details by emailing Rebecca Quesnell at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Whether you would like to help brainstorm, learn more, or get signed up for helping plant next Spring, involvement is, again, welcomed and encouraged.
If you have any such interest, please feel free to contact myself, Rebecca Quesnell, at email@example.com, or feel free to stop by the Physical Resources Department in Wabash B16.
To check out any of the blog posts on the Wabash rooftop garden, check out the following links: https://rooseveltgreencampus.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/wabash-rooftop-garden-efforts/