EMU Students Grow Community Gardens to Promote Local Foods

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- EMU students are working hard this summer on their community garden project, growing local food on campus to provide to others in the EMU community.

This is the second year they're doing this, and students say the number of shareholders has doubled.

Anyone associated with EMU can become a shareholder for the gardens. You would pay a small fee at the beginning of the summer, then every week during the summer you take home fresh vegetables grown by the students.

One student says growing your own food is an important process for everyone to learn about.

"The revenue is being generated and going back into the community and that's something you don't get when you're buying produce from another spot, which is really the essence of the local movement, really capturing the revenue and putting it back in a place.," said Taylor Weidman, who helps out with the gardens.

He says this is a learning experience and a good example of sustainable living that helps the local economy.

The students tend to five gardens on campus.


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