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Green fund supports improvements to
student-initiated campus garden

RELEASED: June 15, 2011

student working in campus garden
UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner

EAU CLAIRE — The student-initiated campus garden in the courtyard of Phillips Science Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is undergoing renovations this summer.

The garden has been managed by The Foodlums, a student organization, since the spring of 2007 with the goal of providing a hands-on educational experience for students interested in sustainable food production as well as producing food for members of the campus community.

Money from the new green fund, allocated by the Student Office of Sustainability, has allowed The Foodlums to build raised beds in the garden to improve the aesthetics and accessibility of the garden. A garden shed, fruit trees to be planted on campus and newly established bee hives (to help pollinate the garden) also were supported by the fund as part of the garden project. A student worker will collaborate with university grounds and facilities personnel to maintain the garden for the summer.

The green fund, a collection of student segregated fees allocated for the purpose of improving sustainability on campus, was distributed by the Environmental Endeavors Commission — composed of students and faculty members. The commission now has been renamed the Student Office of Sustainability.

For more information about the garden project, contact Briana Odegard at odegarbn@uwec.edu.

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