Thursday, June 30, 2011

What a Wednesday!!

Yesterday morning, several members of our "dream team" met with the new Extension Program Coordinator at the UMD Center for Educational Partnership, Christie Balch, to tour the community gardens and facilities on site in Riverdale. Before heading back to campus to gear up for volunteer night, we popped by Eco City Farms for inspiration and to talk collaboration.

Club President Allison Lilly couldn't hide her enthusiasm about our "growing garden family" and the arrival of grading and leveling equipment and representatives from Facilities Management.

"Best day ever," she said (several times) before running off to give a tour of the roof top gardens.

After snapping a few pictures of the raised beds and irrigation systems in place atop the dining halls, the photographer from Terp Magazine joined Lilly and the rest of the garden gang for a pumpkin planting at the Public Health Garden. Thanks to the St. Mary's Garden Club and Carin Celebuski, we had a pallate of pumpkin plants to add to Landscape Architect Bobby Tjaden's sketch for an interactive farm map (coming soon!).

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