Students Exploit Environment for Personal Gain

Students Exploit Environment for Personal Gain

But in a good way

Students for Environmental Action (SEA) celebrated the inaugural autumn harvest from the campus community garden with a festival last Wednesday May 18, with a barbeque, some live music, and a bit of gentle gardening.

SEA, which has been active at Otago since the 1960s, worked with OUSA and the University to create the community garden, after visiting a similar initiative at Canterbury University last year and seeing its success.

The University owns the land the garden is situated on, and provides it to the campus community. Tash Turner, co-President of SEA, says that the University and especially Property Services have been very supportive of the garden, even providing them with their landscaping waste to create compost.

Any member of the campus community can work in the garden and take advantage of the returns. Says Turner, “the idea is that anyone that works in the garden can share in it, so people can take produce home when they help out. However, we’ve had way more produce than people helping so far! Especially with the herbs and stuff, people can just help themselves.”
This article first appeared in Issue 8, 2012.
Posted 5:04pm Sunday 22nd April 2012 by Staff Reporter.