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Campus Kitchen Garden

Campus Kitchen Garden Club
The WCU Campus Kitchen Garden is a student-driven club dedicated to promoting gleaning and organic gardening practices. The group works to bring Western Carolina University and the Jackson County community together to meet the nutritional and environmental needs of the community. 

The club's garden plot is conveniently located within the Cullowhee Community Garden, where participants will have access to an expert gardener. Members have the opportunity to apply lessons that they have learned in a variety of classes to projects in the garden. They will also be able to practice everyday values such as compassion, collaboration, tolerance, perseverance, and patience.

The group has regular work days during the growing season.  If you are interested in helping with the garden, please contact Willie Jones at wajones@wcu.edu or 828-227-2592.

Gleaning
Participants in our food recovery program, the Jackson County Glean Team, will have the opportunity to visit local farmers and growers to collect leftover crops in the summer and fall months. This produce will be donated to food panties, including the Community Table and United Christian Ministries. The Fill-the-Bag initiative takes the place of gleaning in the winter months. To learn more about the Jackson County Glean Team, like the Facebook page or visit the website

Project Goals:

  • To support sustainability and environmental education in the community.
  • To provide resources to help combat hunger and meet nutritional needs in local communities
  • To expand the University's partnership with social service agencies in Western North Carolina
  • To create a new opportunity for students to apply academic knowledge and skills in a real-world setting and  learn such values as collaboration, patience, and a sense of caring  

Crops:

  • We grow a variety of vegetables, including beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, radishes, squash, tomatoes, and turnips.

Participating students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of gardening skills, including:

  • Preparing the soil
  • Constructing garden beds
  • Growing plants from seed
  • Transplanting seedlings
  • Making compost
  • Applying mulch
  • Employing organic pest management techniques 
  • Conserving water and developing watering systems
  • Drawing up a calendar for gardening through the seasons
  • Crop rotation principles 

 

 

Campus Kitchen Garden Club of WCU


 

The Campus Kitchen Garden Club was recognized as an official student organization in Fall 2010. Fifteen charter members held their first meeting on September 8, 2010.

The goal of the club is to support the Campus Kitchen Garden, which provides a sustainable source of nutrition for members of the surrounding community. All of the food grown in the garden is organic and the use of pesticides is strictly forbidden. Club members use organic practices to control weeds, fertilize the garden, and manage insects and other pests. The club’s initial task was to clear out overgrowth from the summer season, and to plant crops to be harvested later in the fall and winter.

There are two garden workdays each week, and students are always welcome to participate. Interested students should contact the staff advisor, Willie Jones at wajones@wcu.edu.

 

 

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