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Student Org Spotlight: Pace Vegetable Garden

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Are you gifted with a green thumb? The Pace Vegetable Garden is looking for students to explore their organization and grow some veggies right on the NYC Campus, as part of our Earth Month spotlight.

Created in the spring of 2013, the Pace Vegetable Garden has been growing like a weed on the New York City Campus since its humble beginnings as a student-funded project. The garden was created by four students who collected donated tires that served as garden beds, and paid for seeds and soil from their own pockets. Now, thanks to a nearly $6,000 Opportunity grant, the Vegetable Garden is taking some serious roots at Pace.

The Opportunity grant will allow the garden to expand and will be used to buy all necessary supplies such as soil, beds, plants, seeds, pet fence to keep out rodents and other pests, and other gardening tools. 

This spring, in order to enlighten the Pace Community with crucial knowledge on food related issues the garden's co-founder and political science student Remy Gallo ’16 will be speaking on the topic of food justice with other faculty and staff from the University on Tuesday, April 7, during common hour.

The Pace Vegetable Garden will also host a planting event around Earth Day, in April. Students are invited to get their hands dirty for some home-grown veggies. Later in the fall, they will host a harvesting event, similar to a farmer’s market, where they will distribute supplemental materials about the garden, recipes, and many of the vegetables grown in the summer for free!

But they can’t do it alone. The Pace Vegetable Garden is looking for students to join their cause. “We need to make sure the garden has dedicated students to continue the work in the future!” says Pace Vegetable Garden Co-founder Alireza Vaziri ’14. “We are looking for student volunteers this summer and we can offer a committed student volunteer a stipend for their efforts,” he adds.

So if you’re two green thumbs up for the Pace Vegetable Garden, e-mail pacevegetablegarden@gmail.com for more information on how you can get involved.

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