Howard Community College students recently planted kale, green lettuce plants, carrots, beets, mustard greens, turnips, cilantro and dill seeds in their new community garden.
Once harvested, the food will go directly to the college’s food bank to allow for those in need to have access to fresh vegetables and herbs. Howard Community College has had the food bank, which is primarily for students, on campus for five years.
Andrea Barnhart, the garden manager, said the garden “provides a great educational opportunity for students to grow vegetables,” as well as providing fresh vegetables to those in need.
“I think it’s also important for people to understand where their food is coming from,” she added.
HCC freshman Josiah Shoger is volunteering with the garden through the James W. Rouse Scholars Program, an honors and leadership program exclusively for recent high school graduates.
Shoger, 18, who is a visual arts major, was surprised to hear the college did not already have a garden because of its food bank.