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GSU hosting organic community garden

Updated: March 13, 2014 11:07AM



Governors State University’s organic community garden offers area residents the opportunity to grow a wide variety of vegetables using fully organic methods.

The University Sustainable Garden is intended to empower individuals and families to make healthy choices, build a sense of community, and provide a space to grow food in a custom-designed garden, according to a news release.

Kevin Barto, GSU’s assistant director for grounds management and custodial services, is directing construction of the project.

Barto said the area chosen for the garden, southeast of GSU’s Family Development Center, has been farmed in the past. The garden includes 52 plots ranging from 35 square feet for beginners to 400 square feet for experienced gardeners.

In developing the community garden, GSU is partnering with the national “Let’s Move!” campaign, a comprehensive initiative dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.

GSU will provide water to the garden. Gardeners must bring their own tools and plants and/or seeds. They must agree to follow organic gardening principles; GSU will provide a list of products allowed at the community garden.

Gardeners seeking assistance will be directed to resources from the University of Illinois Extension Service, American Community Garden Association and other organizations.

Fees for garden plots are from $10 to $20, depending on plot size.

Gardeners must agree to the rules and policies of the community garden. Plots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The University Sustainable Garden will be open from dawn to dusk through the end of September. The planting deadline is July 1.

GSU’s Office of Facilities Development and Management staff will oversee the seasonal operation of the garden and annual tilling of all plots.

To apply for a garden plot, visit www.govst.edu/garden or call (708) 534-4515.

Governors State University is at 1 University Parkway, University Park.

Staff report



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