Tucked away behind the Career Services Center on 5th Avenue in Huntington is a humble student-run garden grown from campus and volunteer resources and organic seeds. In eight raised beds, the garden’s founders saw an opportunity to raise awareness about the merits and how-tos of growing your own vegetables and to give the Marshall University community a unique connection to locally grown produce.
“Every year, that garden grows and not just in plants, but in scope and reach to people in the community,” said Margie Phillips, manager of Marshall’s Sustainability Department.
Now the garden is in steep competition for a grant from organic food and seed producer, Seeds of Change, which will award $190,000 in grants to deserving community gardens. Phillips is encouraging everyone to go and vote once per day to help put the student garden on the path to a bigger, greener future.
To vote, follow this link: http://www.seedsofchangegrant.com/GalleryDetail.aspx?id=89200b7a-e1f9-48f8-bff3-2ad5e8e0aecc&share.
Seeds of Change was founded in 1989 with the mission of making organically grown seeds available to gardeners and farmers while preserving countless heirloom seed varieties in danger of being lost to modern industrial agriculture. The company also produces Certified Organic foods.
“We really need the whole Marshall family clicking and voting every single day through April 21,” Phillips said. “Please share this story on Facebook and send out tweets!”