Chandler-Gilbert Community College students and employees armed with rakes, shovels, and mulch are digging, planting, and learning about sustainable gardening as they work together to create a community garden on the college’s Pecos campus.
The garden is part of a larger sustainability project slated for the north end of the campus, which will feature an Environmental Technology Center (ETC) - an outdoor classroom powered completely by solar energy.
Chris Schnick, CGCC English faculty and garden project coordinator, says that in addition to CGCC faculty incorporating the garden into their curriculum, it will also be used for K-12 outreach, and service-learning projects with local community agencies.
“The ETC community garden is a learning lab that will teach people how to grow food and why it is beneficial to our health, the earth and the local community,” Schnick said.
Pictured left to right: CGCC students Adam Roberts, Liz Mantsch, and Michael Royer plant a tomato plant in CGCC’s new community garden.
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