Diggers, gardeners, foodies wanted this Saturday

Hoop houses at UWM will make the campus home to year-round gardening and composting.

Want garden-fresh greens in your salad next winter? Ever wish you could uproot fresh root veggies for a tasty, toasty soup in the icy depths of winter? Need to boost your composting IQ?

Help the Food & Garden Club and Institute for Urban Agriculture at UWM set the stage for year-round campus gardening and composting during this Saturday’s Green Apple Day of Service. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability at UWM, the day of service brings together campus and community volunteers – and composting and hoop construction experts at Growing Power – to build a hoop house just south of Sandburg Halls of Residence East Tower. As a new facility for year-round composting and produce, and is the first of three hoop houses planned for the campus.

Volunteers are welcome to drop in on the day of service project as early as 8 a.m. Saturday, but the 11 a.m.-3 p.m. shift is when construction efforts really get underway and volunteers are most needed. Construction and camaraderie might include a special appearance from a Milwaukee-based urban gardener with a global profile and an honorary doctorate from UWM. Snacks and hot tea will be available at meltwater, the carbon neutral home built by UWM architecture and engineering students for a global competition in 2009. The model home is located near the gardens.

Learn more about the UWM Food and Garden Club on Facebook. This group of green-thumbed UWM faculty, staff and students meets monthly in the UWM Union and gardens seasonally on plots near the Physics Building and Sandburg Halls of Residence East Tower.

Questions about the Green Apple Day of Service at UWM can be directed to Campus Sustainability Chief Kate Nelson via email: knelson6@uwm.edu.

The Green Apple Day of Service, an initiative from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, brings together advocates from around the world and encourages them to take action in their communities through service projects at local schools. The Day of Service, now in its second year, provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, elected officials, organizations, companies and more to transform all schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places.  Programs are happening throughout the state and around the nation for this day of service.