Sustainability Studies Interns
Gretchen joins the Center from Terre Haute, by way of Evansville. She studied Geography at Indiana State University before relocating to Evansville, where she was involved with the River City Food Co-op as a member and volunteer. She moved north with her husband Jason to South Bend, where she began studying Informatics in the Spring of 2011. She enjoys reading, kinitting and other fiber crafts, and gardening. She is excited to be working with the Center for a Sustainable Future. where she is developing a GIS of local foods, farms, and businesses.
We are pleased to welcome IU South Bend Masters of Liberal Studies student Joel Barrett. He has joined the Center as an intern for the spring semester. Joel is assisting with curriculum development,focusing on how to how to effectively expand sustainabaility studies into distance learning courses.
Find Myles on You Tube in the Center's series, "What's Up Myles?"
What began as a mere day dream a few months ago for Sustainability Intern Myles Robertson has blossomed into one of the most rewarding and prominent summer activities at IU South Bend. “In the beginning I just wanted something to do for the summer that would tie me to the area”, says Myles, “but once the Center for a Sustainable Future got behind the project I knew this could really grow into something great”.
The original plan was to construct five-three foot by six-foot raised beds at the universities River Crossing Campus Housing, however, when the housing director, Paul Krikau– someone who has been very supportive throughout the entirety of the endeavor— saw how the project was progressing, he gave the Campus Garden Group the go ahead on expansion. The project now stands as nine raised beds, all of which were constructed of salvaged lumber from the former office of The Center for a Sustainable Future. “With the project getting under way so late in the season there was no time to grow our own starts”, Myles says, “but fortunately I was surrounded by people who were eager to donate plants and seeds.”
The IU South Bend Campus Garden has been recognized by NWF's Campus Ecology program. Read about it HERE.
Jennifer Collins of Blue Star Produce, a family farm specializing in heirloom varieties and focused on “grow[ing] natural food naturally”, donated five varieties of heirloom tomatoes and six varieties of heirloom pepper plants, along with countless seeds including sweet basil and cilantro. Other donations came from Unity Gardens who donated cabbage, tomatillos, broccoli, and leeks, and Myles’ mother, Priscilla McKelvey of Goshen donated numerous herbs from her backyard, as well as watermelon, cantaloupe, and strawberry plants.
One of the biggest struggles and accomplishments for the garden has been getting people involved in the summer months, a time when few students are active on campus. “Possibly the greatest part of doing this project is the diverse group of people who are working on it”, Myles says.
Faculty from multiple disciplines ranging from Women’s Studies to Biology have jumped on board and adopted the garden into their curriculum and students are involved from every discipline ranging from business to physics.
While all students and faculty working on the project are able to receive a share of the produce, thus far the Center for the Homeless has received the largest share. Although there are no plans for expanding the Campus Housing garden this year, other projects revolving around sustainability are in mind for the upcoming fall semester.