HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - The students of Southeastern Louisiana University have started a community garden on campus.
According to Student Government Association President Stephanie Travis, students had expressed a desire to have a place close to campus where they can grow fresh food. The SGA then held a survey to gauge interest in the idea of an on-campus community garden and the group received an overwhelmingly positive response.
The garden is located on an empty stretch of land in the campus' Sustainability Center that was previously used as the University's Horticulture Center. Now the area has raised concrete beds ready for student use.
"Several student organizations have adopted plots that they are responsible for maintaining," says Travis. "Some are planning to use the vegetables for personal consumption and others intend to donate what they grow."
This is the second project at Southeastern intended for students who may struggle with what is called food insecurity which is defined as "limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods."
In the fall of 2013, Southeastern opened its own on-campus food pantry to address the issue of food insecurity that affect some college students nationwide.