Tuesday, July 12, 2011

PHG Visits UDC

Students at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) are transforming a historic rose garden in the center of campus into a demonstration of sustainable, urban agriculture with a community vegetable garden. Garden and local food/agriculture champion and law student, Coy McKinney, showed me around the garden over the weekend.

Here you can see some photos of the beds:


Among other things, UDC is growing melons, squash, cucumbers, basil, and tomatoes.
Here is Coy weeding:
Here are some pictures of the roses on the site, in need of a little more love and affection.  Luckily, the student group will be working with local experts to begin to brainstorm ways to better care for the historic roses.

The garden faces the center quad of UDC's campus in NW DC. The quad is currently undergoing major construction and renovation to make the campus more environmentally friendly.  The community garden is near the center of the campus (overlooking the ongoing construction) and across from UDC's child development center. This location could set the UDC community garden up for becoming another cornerstone in the campus' move towards sustainability.

Other exciting news at UDC (which could be great news for the efforts of the community garden): There is a new program called the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES).  As the country's only urban land-grant institution, UDC and the CAUSES program could become important champions for urban agriculture and sustainability-  integrating academic programming with research and outreach. The UDC Campus Garden, located in the Rose Garden, is set up to become an important component and demonstration of these principles.

If you are interested in taking a tour, getting involved, or have ideas or resources to provide to this motivated group of students, please contact the Public Health Garden at publichealthgarden@gmail.com and we'll connect you with Coy!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, they are an urban land grant insstitution?!? That is incredible. Great post. So sorry I missed the visit!