Husson University Opens 2nd Annual Community Garden with Kick-Off Event

Date of Release: June 10, 2011

Husson University will hold a kick-off event for the 2nd Annual Community Garden on Friday, June 10th from 3-5:30pm. The event will be held at the community garden located near the maintenance building off of the College Circle and is open to the Husson and greater community.

Aaron Domina, PhD, an assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy, has been a lead organizer of the community garden since it began two years ago. He has worked with students and other members of the Husson community to produce fresh vegetables that are donated to local charities at the end of the growing season.

"Everyone we've asked for help has been great, whether it is the maintenance department helping us till the soil or faculty members from the School of Science and Humanities helping us remove rocks and weeds," states Dr. Domina.

Seeds and seedlings that have been grown throughout the spring, including tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, and carrots, will be planted at the kick-off event this Friday. The garden will need to be maintained through the summer, and Dr. Domina hopes to recruit volunteers to help.

"We hope to have volunteers from the Husson and greater community help out. We would love to see on-campus clubs or even outside organizations volunteer. It's a great project for a good cause."

Jason Stewart, a recent Husson graduate that dual majored in biology and chemistry, was involved in the first community garden before graduating this May. Now, Brenda Oldfield, a current student, also a dual major in biology and chemistry, is assisting with the project.

"It's great to see students getting involved in community service projects like this," states Dr. Domina. "Providing opportunities like this adds to their experience here at Husson and promotes civic responsibility."

Last year, the University donated all 1,000 vegetables grown in the community garden to the Shaw House in Bangor.

For more information about the community garden and how to get involved, please contact Amanda Kitchen at 207-992-4925 or Interested parties can also find information on their Facebook group page, Husson University Community Garden.

< back to all articles