Behind Bear Hall and Arkansas Hall is a small community garden that Honors Core III students have maintained and harvested in order to understand sustainable living.
“Students can take from the garden, but I would prefer they didn’t in the fall,” Allison Wallace, Dee Brown garden memorial coordinator, said. “Only because a part of what they learn in my class is to cook [what they have planted].”
Both faculty and physical plant members have been caught snagging a few berries from the bushes which is an encouragement to the students in the course, but concern that one might harvest their crops before is worrisome.
There is no control over who can take or plant in the garden because it is a community garden, but it is a project for the eight students students in the course this semester. The honors college does stress the importance of one being a respecter of personal items because everything was purchased by the honors college.
The honors college has fundraised or has been grant sustained to build the brick shed, compost bins, and has supplied the trees, grasses, seeds, and plants for students to care for.
The layout of the garden is different from the rest of campus. The area where the garden was designed using a low-impact model, where the ground uses rainwater runoff as a part of a natural infrastructure to lead water to other plants.
Over the course of this semester, the students in Honors Core III were able to plant and harvest mini varieties of cabbage, beets, carrots, lettuce, spinach, plus much more.
“I never liked gardening growing up,” sophomore, McKennah West said, “So, I was kind of skeptical about taking this class, but now that I am in it I thoroughly enjoy it. A lot of people do not know how their food is grown, how its made, or how it is transported and food is essential for life. We all need to know how to grow it organically.”
The eight students in Honors Core III were not sure what they were getting into when they first joined the course, but hoped they would learn something from the gardening experience. Most made a reference to the textbook being a helpful guide in learning about gardening, which is to say everything about this course was essential.
“I wanted to take this course because it was hands-on,” sophomore, Allison Snodgrass said, “since basically all of my classes have been online this semester it has been really nice to have a reason to get outside and be able to interact with other people safely and make something that people can take from out of the process.”
The Dee Brown garden was memorialized on April 13, 2015, to honor the late alumni Dorris Alexander “Dee” Brown, but the original garden is where Bear Hall sits currently.