Dr. Laurie Weinstein, Chair of the Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies and professor of anthropology, is piloting an on-campus garden program at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU). The Goodall Center kicked off the program in fall of 2014 with help from student volunteers.
The food grown in the garden will go to student cafeterias, local food pantries, and soup kitchens all of whom stand to greatly benefit from better access to organic, local, and nutritious foods.
The growing process will be an educational opportunity for both WCSU students and children from the surrounding community. Weinstein hopes to bring in children from local elementary schools and get them involved. By participating in the garden program, children will gain an appreciation for nutritious food and how it is grown. The program will also foster a greater respect for the environment and sustainability, a core mission of the Jane Goodall Center.
Students will prepare the ground and soil so that it is suitable for planting, and the first outdoor planting was slated to begin in the spring of 2014.