Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Buy tasty, local food? Support your fellow students? Then you should check out the Organic Garden Club here at UNH. On Wednesday, I saw two students arranging some incredibly pretty-looking vegetables and leafy-greens in that small courtyard between Dimond Library and Murkland Hall. It probably helped that I was hungry and had forgotten to get lunch before class, but I was immediately curious as to what they were doing. Turns out, our school is very “green,” and not just because we compost and recycle.
Every week, the group of organic gardeners harvest a plethora of produce from their farm in Durham and host a mini farmer’s market in front of the Library. As a New Englander, and a Vermonter specifically, I heartily approve of this message. I’m content any time I have the chance to eat home-grown food as opposed to processed alternatives from California – or China, for that matter, since just about everything else in this country comes from there.
In addition to farming throughout the week, the group holds small meetings in the MUB (Room 12) every Tuesday night. More info can be found here. The club also encourages assistance and support from any students able to lend a helping hand. They not only have to tend to their farm, but collect produce every week. If you’re interested, but can’t spare the time to go get your hands dirty, then check out a meeting or two. They’d love any and all kinds of participation.