Written by Christopher J. Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - This year marks Eastern Connecticut State University's first Winter Alternative Break Trip. Eastern's Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is sponsoring a group of students to participate in the Generous Garden Project in Greenville, S.C. from Jan. 6-12. Students Christine Geer and Bill Villalba are coordinating the trip.
The Generous Garden Project's mission is to provide nutritious and fresh produce to local ministries and soup kitchens. They work to fight hunger by growing and harvesting their own fresh produce. Eastern students will be volunteering on the Project's farm and will learn a variety of organic farming techniques. Those participating in the project will bring back what they learn to develop similar programs in the Willimantic community.
For this trip to be possible, the group relies heavily on fundraising and the support of others in the Eastern community. The J. Eugene Smith Library, the CCE and local Willimantic businesses have generously donated to the cause.
For more information on the Generous Garden Project, visit www.generousgarden.org.