Northern Illinois University student organization, Communiversity Gardens, will be groundbreaking this Thursday with the DeKalb County Community Gardens.
The garden is 22,000 square feet on the east side of Anderson Hall. The garden will involve NIU students and community members in growing food to share with the locals in need.
One idea from a student is to include an international garden that will let students from other countries plant and grow their own vegetables from their home country.
“Growing your own garden or participating in a community garden is a great way to improve your health, help build a sustainable food system, and support our planet as it struggles to make room for increasing numbers of us.” Dr. Mercola said. “Food grown in your own garden is fresher, more nutritious, and tastes better than store-bought food and you can’t beat the price!”
Students at NIU care about the community and it also educates others. “Sustainable agriculture is important so that we can provide food for many years to come,” Nutrition and Dietetics major, Anna Villarreal said. “We have to think about the future and leave the world a better place for future generations.”
The garden will have a variety of plants. “From Illinois native prairie plants, heirloom and new varieties of vegetables originated from all corners of the world, herbs and wild edible berries. In the future we plan to include gardens with specific interest: children garden, urban/container garden to teach students how to grow their food on the small scale,” Michaela Holtz said, garden designer and staff member at the Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning.
At the event, there will be food, music and in attendance will be the mayor of DeKalb, NIU President Baker, and Dan Kenney, director of DeKalb County Community Gardens.
The groundbreaking event will will be this Thursday, May 8. It starts with the opening gathering at 1:30p.m., and speakers at 2:30p.m. behind Anderson Hall.