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Posted: February 13, 2014

Community garden sprouts on UNTHSC campus

On Feb. 15, volunteers will build a frame like this for each plot in the new UNTHSC Community Garden.UNT Health Science Center is converting an unused piece of land into the campus' first community garden. Groundbreaking will begin at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at 3621 W. Seventh St.

Launched by Facilities Management's Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Committee to help create a healthier community, the garden will enhance university and community engagement, promote sustainable food production and increase awareness of health and nutrition, environmental stewardship and gardening techniques.

A community garden is any piece of land gardened by a group of people, according to the American Community Gardening Association. Many organizations and universities have such gardens, including Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Arlington.

A portion of the crop will be donated to a food bank.

The first 16 plots, each 4 by 12 feet, will be gardened by UNTHSC students, employees and sponsors in a pilot project. In coming years, the community at large will be invited to adopt garden plots.

Already, the garden is being supported with monetary and in-kind donations from Archie’s Gardenland, Calloway’s Nursery, St. Emilion restaurant, Silver Creek Materials and UNTHSC Facilities Management.

To make tax-deductible donations of supplies or money, please contact Sustainability Coordinator Sandy Bauman, sandy.bauman@unthsc.edu or 817-735-2451.

If you are with the media and need additional information or would like to arrange an interview,
please contact Jeff Carlton, Director of Media Relations, at 817-735-7630.


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