Roll-Up Your Sleeves and Play in the Dirt

Roll-Up Your Sleeves and Play in the Dirt

Have an interest in organic gardening or just like playing the in the dirt? A “UCF Community Garden Work Day,” will begin at 10 a.m., July 10 and continue through the afternoon. Volunteers will take part in hands-on activities to improve the Organic Community Garden on UCF’s main campus and how organic gardening promotes a healthier lifestyle. The work day is a great opportunity to learn more about composting, mulching, weeding, sowing and sprouting seeds. The garden is located near the Environmental Initiative office, behind the Harris Corporation Engineering Center and College of Optics and Photonics buildings.

To sign up for the UCF Garden Work Day, call Tina Richards at 407-823-3583 or send an e-mail to arboretum@mail.ucf.edu. Pre-registration is encouraged. To be added to the UCF Environmental Initiative’s volunteer database for future events, e-mail arboretum@mail.ucf.edu. Harmoni Market of Orlando will offer refreshments for volunteers.

What is the Organic Garden?

The half-acre UCF Organic Community Garden has a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. The garden features plants native to Florida, as well as other plants that can withstand the Florida climate.

Students and community members who regularly volunteer their time in the garden share the produce from the garden.

Planted in the garden is okra, eggplant, sugarcane, Florida elderberry and Florida blueberry along with many other fruits and vegetables. The garden is also home to both medicinal and culinary herbs.

The UCF Organic Community Garden launched Feb. 21 by the Student Sustainability Alliance and the UCF Environmental Initiative. Since the garden’s launch, more than 200 students and community members have volunteered 1,500 hours to keep up the garden.

Sponsors of the UCF Community Garden Work Day are the UCF Environmental Initiative, Volunteer UCF, The Simple Living Institute, Inc., Ourlando and Slow Food Orlando.