North Lake is known for cultivating students' minds, but soon it will also be known for growing the vegetables to nourish them.
In the new Community Garden, located outside of the A-300 level right beside the F-Building, many groups are hard at work to make it happen.
The Green Club, which is the official name for NLC's Environmental Club, Phi Theta Kappa members, the City of Irving's I Yes (Irving Youth for Environmental Sustainability) and the NLC Student Leadership Institute are in charge of the campus garden. Their crop includes spinach, corn, tomatoes, squash and various kinds of exciting herbs, like rosemary and cilantro.
The point of the garden is to teach sustainability, which Monica Atwell, the Green Club's sponsor, has defined as, ‘Living in such a way to decrease the number of natural resources that we take from the earth. So that future generations have what we've been fortunate to have— food, clothing, clean air and clean water.'
"I'd like to encourage more people to grow some of their food at home," said Atwell. "Square-foot gardening is a great and easy method for homeowners. Use plant beds outside to grow food and herbs, not just pretty plants or flowers.
"People who live in apartments can do container gardening on their patios or back porches. There's satisfaction in being able to feed yourself, your family and maybe neighbors, too," said Atwell.
Rosalinda Lascano, a member of the Green Club, always thought she never had much of a green thumb. "And now, I'm being proven wrong, because there actually is something growing from a seed I pushed into the ground," she said.
Samuel Wu said, "It's cool that a lot of people showed up to the garden to show their support to the community."
Community Gardens are becoming popular across the nation, and Texas colleges like University of Dallas and University of Texas at Houston have flourishing programs.
If you would like to be a part of this fresh outdoor experience, contact Atwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.