Meredith College Plants Edible Landscape

The Meredith College grounds recently got a new addition when an edible landscape was planted as part of the College’s continuing sustainability efforts.

The edible landscape was planted late this fall in the area in front of Ledford Hall, near Meredith’s Three Sisters Community Garden.

A group of 20 students participated in the edible landscape planting. The new landscape features plants that will produce edible fruits as they mature. Apples, plums, pomegranate, blackberries, raspberries and kiwis are among the mix.

“The idea is to beautify the area and offer a living demonstration of where and how things grow,” said Sustainability Coordinator Laura Fieselman. “The intention is that students are welcome to pick fruit as they pass by after class.”

The project is a partnership between the Office of Student Leadership and Service, the Office of Sustainability, the Grounds Department and volunteers involved with the Three Sisters Community Garden. The edible landscape was funded in part by a Meredith College Diversity Grant.

The edible landscape project meets two of the goals in Meredith’s Greenprint, the College’s plan for integrating sustainability on campus. The related outcomes are Outcome 1.3: The community will engage in action for sustainability; and Outcome 2.3: Meredith College will offer healthy, whole food dining options.

Fieselman worked with Grounds Manager Aaron Schettler, Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Service Tabitha Underwood and Professor of Foods and Nutrition Bill Landis on the project. Participating student groups included Habitat for Humanity, Meredith International Association, MCAN Scholars, LeaderShape graduates and students in Landis’ Introduction to Nutrition course.

Date Submitted: 2009-11-30


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