Congratulations to Adam, Jovantae, Shaquille, Jarvis, Cortez and Rodrick! The Smart Mules have been awarded the National Garden Association grant to continue and improve their incredible work.
Stay tuned for more information about supporting this project, the Christian Brothers University garden, and the Memphis Urban Farm School!
Hey everybody! It's November 1st (time flies), and the period for sharing ideas and demonstrating support has now closed. Thank you for sharing your idea with the community.
The National Garden Association will announce the grant recipient at Memfix: Cleveland Street, a community event on Saturday, November 10th. Come out to Crosstown for a day of civic minded fun, and learn how you can support the winning project.
There are about a dozen students/faculty who are involved on a regular basis, but there have been many more who have helped from time to time - as the number of likes and comments shows. This is only our second semester growing, so we're all still figuring out best practices together as we go. Right now we've got lettuce, carrots, radishes, broccoli, tomatoes, rosemary, basil, cilantro, and spinach. Last semester we had corn, grapes, beans, and cantaloupe. As awareness of the garden grows we hope that professors will begin to incorporate it into their classes more often - right now we have students using the space to study composting and decomposition, and another group using it to which soil temperatures are more conducive to growth. People who work in the garden get first pickings, otherwise we hand things out - once we figure out how to better deal with wildlife (squirrels mainly) and can maintain a larger healthy crop I think we'd like to start a little market.
Sean, sounds like a wonderful project! Could you tell us a little more about your garden? What are you growing? How many people are involved with the garden? How is the produce distributed on campus?
Sean has done a super splendid job encouraging our community to explore sustainable intensive gardening. I hope he is able to continue this important out reach to our community.
Nice work Sean - you are the greatest - even if I don't need the supply closet I'll support your efforts!
Sean has done a wonderful job with the garden. He is a shining example of how one person can make a difference.
On a lighter note...
Sean vs. the squirrels! Who will triumph in this epic battle? Who is more cunning? I am confident that Sean's got this one! He may be outnumbered but he's a fighter! Sean overcomes obstacles and challenges each day on the job. Squirrels are no match for him. Unless the squirrels get access to high-tech weaponry Sean will be victorious!
We are exploring the opportunity to develop an opportunity for students with intellectual disabilities to attend CBU for specialized instruction. They could benefit tremendously from the chance to help with this project! I hope the garden keeps growing and flourishing!!