Children of the Corn: Kids Welcome at GSU Botanical Garden

GSU Botanical Garden shows children that vegetables can be fun too!

By A'Riel Johnson

GSU Faculty Members with Secret Green Thumbs

 

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Baby Sprouts: Future Gardeners Spring Into Action

 

Georgia Southern University's Center for Substainability and the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement have partnered with Bulloch County Parks and Recreation and several other local businesses to offer the elementary schools of Statesboro, GA, an after-school gardening program. The program teaches the basics and importance of gardening.

 

By Danielle Wardlow 

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We asked Georgia Southern University Housing Official Ryan Heins about his thoughts on farming and gardening. Check out what he had to say in this exclusive interview clip!

By Kiana Colquitt

On Campus Garden

By: Brea Dupye

 

The Center for Sustainability at Georgia Southern University has granted the construction of the on campus community garden, located between the Herty building and the Williams Center.

 

The garden is home to many different vegetables, herbs, and a small plot of flowers.It was brought about when students began to ask for space that allowed them to grow their own things on campus.

 

Since the start, the garden has now transitioned into being fully operated by students under the supervision of the graduate assistant, Scott Blair.

 

Every couple of weeks, he has gardening workshops for the student gardeners to learn different gardening aspects.

 

“We encourage growing mostly food because it is all about sustainable agriculture, and being able to grow your food versus having to buy them from somewhere,” Blair said. "At the Center for Sustainability we promote sustainable practices, and food is one of the main areas we promote that.”

 

The students are required to have at least a group of four or more in order to have a plot at the garden. There are 8 groups in total, and the plots are divided in and out of the greenhouse. They are also given half of a table inside of the greenhouse to grow things.

 

Having the combined to the greenhouse gives the students more freedom to come and go as they please when taking care of their products. 

 

 

GSU Student Garden

GSU Student Garden

GSU Student Garden Plots

GSU Student Garden Plots

GSU Student Garden Crops

GSU Student Garden Crops

GSU Garden Greenhouse

GSU Garden Greenhouse

 

“I think gardening is a great way to grow your own food as opposed to buying them. It can not only save you money,but it is also healthier for you and the environment,” junior Shnicquar Fields said.

 

Aside from the garden, the students have created a compost pile from woodchips and vegetables scraps, and an herb spiral from bamboo. The design of the herb spiral was created by Blair last summer with the intentions to grow more herbs vertically, causing there to be more growth in less amount of space.

 

At one of the workshops they learned how to sift the compost pile to be broken down into just dirt.

 

The community garden is currently looking for students taking courses during the summer to help with the garden, and are asked to sign up with a group of four to commit to working on a garden plot.

 

Students can sign up for the summer season by emailing the Center for Sustainability at, cfs@georgiasouthern.edu.

Photos courtesy of Kiana Colquitt

Just Peachy: GA Farming Statistics

By Kiana Colquitt  

  • Georgia is #1 in the nation in production of peanuts, chickens, pecans, and blueberries!
  • GA agricultural producers sold more than $9.2 billion worth of agricultural products in 2012!
  • There are more than 42,000 farms in the state of GA!
  • One in Seven Georgians work in agriculture, forestry, or a related field! 
 
         Informatioan provided by 2012 Census of Agriculture and Georgia Farm Bureau
 

SeeWhat All the Buzz Is About!

 

In the Statesboro area? Check out the gardens and farms featured in this story!

 

By Kiana Colquitt

DIY: Homemade Hot Compost

 

Follow these steps to create your own compost for your garden. Keep in mind that your compost will take longer than a month to compost. 

 

By Kiana Colquitt

 

What you need

   Fruit Scraps

   Vegetable Scraps

   Eggshells

   Coffee Grinds

   Dry Leaves

   Finely Chopped Wood

   Pieces of Newspaer

   Pine Straw

 

What to do

    1. Wait until you have enough materials to make a compost pile     of at least 3 feet in depth.

 

    2. Create alternating layers of green and brown materials. Make     them at least 4 inches deep. 

 

    3. Sprinkle water over the compost pile regularly. But not too           much! Too much water will cause your compost to rot instead of     compost. 

 

    4. Check the temperature of your compost to see if it is properly       decomposing. Place a thermometer in the pile or just reach into       the pile with your hand. It should feel warm. Do this daily.

 

    5. Make sure you turn or toss your pile once a week with a             garden fork. This gives the pile oxygen which is necessary for         effective composting.

 

    6. When the pile is no longer hot and has become brown and        dry, it has effectively decomposed and is now ready for use in        your garden. 

 

Recipe courtesy of bhg.com

 

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