Northeast Utilities has awarded an Environmental Community Grant to Eastern's Green Campus Committee to set up a community education garden on campus. The garden site and adjacent area will be developed this fall, with plans for events to begin during the growing season in 2013. Eastern faculty, staff and students will develop educational events that will enable school groups and other community members to learn about developing urban gardens and green spaces. All events will be open to the public.
"Topics will include how to compost; how to develop a vertical garden; how to harvest seeds and seed-saving techniques; harvest marketing; and creative ways to connect gardens to the quality of life in our community," said Mary Ragno, part-time faculty member in Eastern's Department of Health and Physical Education. "We are grateful to Northeast Utilities for funds that will provide garden materials, plants and educational brochures for community education events and help to better connect Eastern students, faculty and staff with the local community and with the natural environment." For more information about Eastern's Community Education Garden, contact Ragno at firstname.lastname@example.org.