Students Work at Community Garden to Create a More Welcoming Space

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GU-Appleton’s Applied Ethics class at Goodwill Grows Market Garden site.

Students from the Globe University-Appleton Applied Ethics and Global Citizenship courses recently contributed to separate projects at one of the Goodwill Grows Community and Market Garden sites. The two classes, guided by instructor Amanda Loewen, were able to use their experiences from class to successfully complete different projects throughout the site.

The Applied Ethics class spent time developing the start of what will be a “Welcome/Community” space at the garden site, located at the front of the site. They transformed a patch of unused land into a mulched square that will be the base of the space. The class studied environmental issues and food security concerns facing our society. They also examined the social importance of local community gardens.

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GU-Appleton’s Global Citizenship class at Goodwill Grows Market Garden site.

The Global Citizenship students worked at the other end of the garden site. They cleaned up raised garden beds so that they will be able to be used for the next growing season. The beds are raised high enough so that people with differing abilities are able to garden in a safe manner. These students had discussed the significance of offering opportunities to populations that are sometimes marginalized, and the overall importance of community outreach.

About the projects, Amanda said “Both classes did a fantastic job. They gave their all despite any changes in the weather! Each group accomplished the tasks assigned by the organization, while at the same time learning about the impact that this site has on our local community”. She applauds the efforts of these projects to Anne Dobkoski, Garden Coordinator for Goodwill Grows, for devoting her time to work with the students.

Goodwill Grows offers programs and services developed to increase food security by addressing the availability, accessibility, and affordability of fresh food. The organization accomplishes this through their innovative Indoor Farming Systems, Community Gardens, Market Gardens, and Education. There are 12 market and community garden sites in the Appleton area.

Globe University – Appleton has been completing projects for the Community and Market Garden sites for over four years.