WVU Today | Soul Food – WVU Campus Food Garden is a place to learn and grow

Nicki Byron-Hoffman and Katrina Stewart harvesting vegetables at the campus food garden on Evansdale Campus
(Photo by WVU / Brian Persger)

Two West Virginia University biologists spent the summer in a vegetable garden – students and teachers how to plant seeds, prepare soil, control water and food needs, and have a backyard temple to learn. Caring for pests and plants.

“Paradise” has also become a place where you can better understand the food that is one of the basic needs of volunteers and life.

“I want more people to know about this hidden gem,” said Nikki Byron-Hoffman, walking around the 112-square-foot garden bed, stopping to look at the occasional growing leaves, to assess where she was ripe to pick up a hidden product. Find the man you love, Mantis, who prays.

She joined her partner in the summer Most of the morning on the plot below the WVU water tower known as Evansdale. They planted and planted interconnected roses of tomatoes, pumpkins, zucchini, green beans, bell peppers, bananas, peppers, yellow squash, and leafy greens.

A pair of Eberley College of Arts and Sciences biology academic specialists enjoyed the garden as part of their peaceful summer routine. But this little aspect of biodiversity goes beyond beauty and personal happiness.

Since its construction in late May, the garden has produced more than 800 pounds of seasonal fruits and vegetables for food storage in Morgan Town. And with the summer breeze blowing, autumn yields from spring and spinach, to carrots, peas and radish, are increasing day by day.

“This little garden will not stop hunger for everyone, but it will make a difference in our society. Most of all, it helps to start a conversation about food and hunger, ”said Byron Hoffman.

This is a fundraising change from the Provost, with funding from the WVU office! Challenging Supports: WVU Campus Food Garden has been set up to provide equitable access to justice for those struggling with food insecurity. In doing so, Transformation serves as a model of social equality by helping to achieve these one strategic goals. Test and common vision for the future of WVU.

“We forget that many WVU students, teachers, and staff have to decide whether to buy or pay for books, to support their children’s medical bills, or to choose nutritious food options,” added Byron Hoffman. We hope that the garden will open up discussions for food security and food justice, and provide fresh, safe, and hot produce for people with no food security.

Thanks to the collaboration of WVU, The Trinity Episcopalian Community Kitchen and First Presbyterian Church with The Rack, regular donations will be made for students and community members to bring their fresh items or enjoy the farm-to-table experience.

According to Bayer-Hoffman, the garden is a recipe for civic engagement for the WVU community to participate and to literally and figuratively get their hands dirty. More than two dozen students, teachers, staff and community members have expressed interest in volunteering their time to build and maintain the garden or provide food supplies. Opportunities for participation continue throughout the year. Volunteers do not need to be professional or experienced gardeners.

Byron-Hoffman launches a series of “Hungry Monday” workshops that address food supply barriers and address possible social and policy changes. Nonprofits, organizations, faith communities and local chefs discuss a wide range of topics, including harvest preparation, food justice and fairness, food advocacy, food theology, Apolian food, culture and history, and food conservation.

New partnerships and educational programs, such as workshops, will continue to grow. The original success of the garden has led to plans to plant more garden beds to increase productivity in the coming 2022 season and to help more students engage in gardening activities.

“This project feeds the soul,” he said as he drove two handfuls of cherry tomatoes between his fingers. “It is very satisfying to see the direct results of our efforts. Being close to the garden and seeing things grow brings me pure joy. For the past year and a half, there has been such a high level of stress for everyone, and being in the garden feels like a little rest. It is a small bay. ”

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