Students planting crops at Northeastern's on-campus garden.

A vegetable garden grows on the Boston campus

Can’t tell the difference between cabbage and kale, but would like to learn?

All students regardless of gardening know-how are welcome to tend a newly built vegetable garden in the heart of the Boston campus. It’s located in a sunny nook behind Snell Library and has peas, oats, and a variety of fiber-rich leafy greens sprouting in time for autumn.

The impetus for the urban oasis sprang from a desire to promote awareness of sustainable, local food production, coupled with increasing student demand for growing space, says Stephen Schneider, the university’s chief arborist.

It is also an opportunity to bring together students who share a love of gardening but come from a wide variety of educational disciplines. Students don’t have to be biology majors to get involved; the point is for them to mix and mingle with various majors.

“Without the garden, these folks might never have crossed paths,” Schneider adds.

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