October 31, 2018

On Saturday, October 13, Horticulture students and alumni gathered to harvest the horticulture garden, donating 325 lbs of produce to the Resource and Support Center, where students in need can access free on-site resources and discover additional community resources. One resource is the Center’s Food Pantry, where students can stock up on nonperishable food items up to twice a month, and utilize the Food Fridge once a day while food is stocked. Students in need can also access free school supplies, personal hygiene items, professional clothing, and parenting resources at the Center.

The fall harvest that was donated to the Center this year yielded potatoes, leeks, zucchini, peppers, a variety of squash, and lettuce grown hydroponically. The horticulture garden offers even more variety throughout the summer, including apples, raspberries, tomatoes, corn, and beans. Horticulture alumni have been known to share the abundance of produce with local assisted living centers, where fresh produce is a rarity and appreciated immensely.

The horticulture alumni look forward to making this Fall Harvest Festival an annual event to continue sharing their love of good will and good food. Until then, stay tuned for one of the horticulture department’s upcoming plant sales, including poinsettias in winter, beautiful bouquets for Valentine’s Day, and of course the annual spring plant sale in May, where community members can stock up on a variety of plants from annuals to perennials to herbs, hanging baskets, and vegetables. All sale proceeds are reinvested into the Horticulture program and its students.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this effort!

Alumni and student volunteers pictured above, from left to right: Warner Pitzen, Kim Christianson, Cassidy Peterson, Melissa Littfin, Maddie Davis, Jesse Rush, Kathy Marking, Brenden Thompson.