Planting knowledge about sustainable gardens
May 6, 2011
Culminating a semester-long effort, undergraduate environmental studies certificate students and members of the Nelson Institute Community Environmental Scholars Program distributed 1,000 free vegetable seedlings May 7 at the Dane County Farmers' Market "School on the Square" event.
The accompanying book includes cartoons and games about the plant cycle and how to plan, care for and maintain your garden, along with harvesting details, recipes and a spring planting guide. You can download the book here (PDF).
The course was taught by Teri Balser, associate professor of soil science and environmental studies, and Linda Pfeiffer, a doctoral candidate in mass communication and Environment and Resources.
Environmental studies students led several other service-learning projects this semester throughout Wisconsin, including a community dialogue event at Urban Ecology in Milwaukee; birding with students from Madison's Sherman Middle School; volunteer recruitment for the statewide Clean Boats, Clean Waters program; an environmental scavenger hunt as part of Centro Hispano's Latino Youth Summit in Madison; a survey on citywide sustainability efforts in Monona; and the promotion and sale of Porchlight Products, which supports services for the homeless in Dane County.