Create a community vegetable garden on campus

by University Communication | September 2, 2010

Create a community vegetable garden on campus

Campus vegetable garden in Student Services plaza

In 2009, UW-Green Bay students with counsel from faculty and staff members took the lead in creating the SLO Food Alliance. (The acronym stands for “sustainable, local, organic.”) The University provided support via temporary greenhouse use, heirloom plant donations, water service and mulch delivered to the concrete planters atop the Student Services plaza. The student-run fee allocation committee approved seed money for the project. Volunteers replaced the mostly overgrown ornamental plantings with the organics, and the first harvest of vegetables and fruits was available for sale in July.

Employee suggestions were the basis for two dozen "Quick Fix" initiatives implemented during Chancellor Harden's first year. Each of the 100 or so suggestions was discussed at the cabinet level and assigned to a division leader and planning team for followup. Some suggestions turned out to be measures already in place, some involved only minor tweaks to existing practice, and others were determined not to be "quick fixes" at all because of cost, complexity or time horizon. Several projects not yet initiated (and therefore not listed here) remain under consideration.