They say there is nothing better than food grown right in your own backyard…
Now, you can be the judge of that, with Fontbonne’s very own community garden!
The F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden, located in the courtyard of Southwest Hall, is underway for its 3rd growing season! Ground was broken for the garden back in 2012 and it is now complete with raised garden beds, compost bins, picnic tables, and even a pergola!
The garden was originally established to help support campF.R.E.S.H., a summer program held on campus that teaches middle schoolers about sustainability and fresh cooking. But that is not the only way the development is putting the “community” back in community garden.
F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden is open to the entire campus and all are welcome to pick from its bounty! Fontbonne’s food service director is even know to incorporate the garden’s produce into the menus from time to time (cool, huh?!)
However, the true beauty of the garden is that it brings the staff and students of Fontbonne together. “Getting involved with the F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden is a great way to meet new people and support a part of Fontbonne,” said Emily Basler, Student Garden Assistant. “The garden is a campus garden that anyone can go to at anytime.”
Looking for a little stress relief? The garden may be able to help with that! “Many research articles show that working in a garden can help with stress,” said Basler. “It is a great way to clear your mind of other worries for a while.”
Having a public garden is such a precious commodity on campus at Fontbonne, but it can only flourish with the support of the school community. “If we do not have people regularly taking care of it, we may no longer have that space,” said Basler.
No experience getting your hand dirty? No problem! “We appreciate any help in the garden. A person’s gardening skill level does not matter!” said Basler. “Getting involved with F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden is a great for all experience levels, whether you’re a newbie learning for the first time or a seasoned garden doing what you love!”
Be sure to stop by the garden over the next few months to see what may be sprouting. Or just to take out some stress on those well-deserving weeds!