By: TANNIA JOHNSON
As growing season begins, the university’s Unity Garden team has held clean-up events to get the local gardens ready.
The gardens feature wooden flower bed boxes, along with a sitting area and a shed that holds tools needed for the garden. With help from volunteers and members of the South Bend community, the clean-up events held on March 19, 22, and 26 were a success. For each day of this event, the hours were between two and four p.m.
“When we have plants growing and it is time to harvest, staff, faculty, students and the public are more than welcome to pick from the ‘fruits of the garden,’” explained IU South Bend’s campus Garden Manager, Carmen Gutierrez.
Any person is welcome to volunteer and help with the growth of the Unity Garden at IU South Bend. The now 7-year old garden has been established as a free-for-all with fresh produce. The garden sits along the riverside with scenery of wildlife and the feel of the campus and its community.
With plans for future growth and development of the garden and the community surrounding it, Guiterrez also went to add, “My team and I have been working hard on some new design that will hopefully be ready by the end of the semester to make the garden more inviting and eye-catching.”
With warm weather coming, a provision of fresh produce, and learning the ropes of gardening, you can make yourself a familiar face in the IU South Bend community. Make sure you visit the Unity Garden, located behind Creek building at River Crossing Campus Housing.