Last week, over 120 work hours were donated by about 30 Fordham University Students to clean a small plot of unused land on Rose Hill Campus (see right) and to establish St.Ross’s Garden. Eight raised beds were constructed and then filled with a total of 20 yards of high quality organic topsoil. These beds will be used to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables including things like kale, collards, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, and broccoli. St. Rose’s Garden will serve as a outdoor laboratory, classroom, and social space. Students that volunteer their time to help with garden up-keep will get a share of the organically grown crops. We also have plants to donate food to local charities and sell some to students to keep the garden a sustainable enterprise.
St. Rose’s Garden was a collaborative effort between many parties in the Fordham Community. Jason Aloisio, PhD student Biological Sciences, and Elizabeth Anderson, B.S. Honors student Environmental Policy, led the development of St.Roses’s Garden, but it could not have been possible without the support of: Farm to Fordham, Sodexo, Dean Latham, Dean Rapaccioli (see below), Dean Russell, John VanBuren (Environmental Policy), John Carroll, Vinny Burke, Leon Kokoszka, Marc Valera and of course all the volunteers!
Many Hands Make Light work
Some of the finished raised beds
Benches to enjoy the garden
If you want to get involved in the garden to help promote the garden, coordinate events, grow vegetables, make art work for the garden or simply want to know when various events are happening. e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org