September 23 opens the Garden commons, a brand new community urban garden at the Arizona State University polytechnic campus.The Garden is a University Sustainability Practices program focused on eliminating food insecurity among ASU community members. The Garden commons project plans to achieve this by providing their community with local, organic gardening opportunities and education.
“We want to champion student success by providing an interdisciplinary space that is inclusive to all,” said Susan Norton, University Sustainability Practices program manager. “Our goal is to provide new opportunities around non-traditional programs that speak to each individual’s comfort and connection to nature.”
The garden is designed to educate students on holistic gardening and connect them to the land with firsthand experience. The harvested organic food will go to support the campus farm stand, a student farmers market, as well as donations to local food banks.
The Garden commons includes a citrus orchard, resource center and an urban garden, however University Sustainability Practices plans to develop a grand entry, pavilion and meditation space in the next development phase.
Featured all throughout the garden commons is our DEEP DRIP watering stakes, working to help to enhance the ecosystem by providing deep seated roots from a sustainable product. We had the opportunity to work with the garden commons at its inception and donate our deep watering stakes to help get the garden off to a green start! Today, you can find our stakes all throughout the garden helping to provide the community with healthier, stronger plants.
Come check out the Garden Commons at ASU’s Polytechnic campus grand opening on September 23 and celebrate with ice cream provided by the undergraduate student government. The garden is available for use through classes, tours, and volunteer opportunities.