UNH Offers Organic Produce

Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations

July 19, 2005

DURHAM, N.H. -- Beginning Wednesday, July 20, 2005, the Organic Garden Club (OGC) at the University of New Hampshire will offer fresh, certified-organic produce for sale each Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at its farm stand in the Spaulding Hall courtyard on the campus of UNH. The farm stand will operate every week through early October. The public is welcome.

“Everything is grown without the use of chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers,” says Bill Errickson, OGC president. The club uses natural organic crop rotation techniques and compost to improve soil efficiency and grow healthy crops. “We believe it’s healthier for people and healthier for the earth,” Errickson says.

This week’s offerings include lettuce, broccoli, kale, basil, radishes, calendula flowers, sage, and oregano. Future offerings will include tomatoes, eggplant, summer and winter squashes, garlic, celery, and other fruits and vegetables as they come into season.

Parking is available in B-lot. For a campus map, visit http://www.unh.edu/campusmap.

Since its inception in 2003, the Organic Garden Club has grown to a 100-member strong, student-run organization providing fresh, locally-grown produce to UNH Dining Services and directly to consumers through a seasonal farm stand. The produce is all grown on the club’s two-acre garden on Mast Road. The OGC is part of the Food and Society Initiative of the UNH Office of Sustainability Programs, which seeks to create a sustainable food system at UNH, and to integrate issues of sustainable food and agriculture into the teaching, research, and outreach efforts of the university. For more information visit http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu or e-mail unhorganicgardenclub@yahoo.com.