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Food Access and Advocacy

Food Access and Advocacy Learning Community

A First-year Learning Community

About
As part of the food access and advocacy LC, students will engage in yearlong efforts to grow and study plants on campus in the NSU greenhouse. We will rotate our plants based on the season and students will have the chance to work with common as well as exotic plant species. Throughout the semester, there will be field trips to surrounding counties to visit active farms and see how what we do in the greenhouse translates to large scale industrial agriculture.
 

Courses

  • Fall 2020             BIO 261
  • Spring 2021         BIO 271


Residence hall

  • TBD

 


Student Testimonials

"The seeds that my group and I planted were peanut seeds and mint seeds.We recorded the plants growth in inches and we would go visit the plants to see how they were doing 1-2 times a week. My first impressions of this experiment was “oh my gosh this is going to be really fun and kinda easy”. Then after getting into visiting the plants a few times I wanted to see the finished product. Like how big it was going to get and all that good stuff. But we only got to watch our plants for a little bit. Students would learn something new like how to handle plants and how to plant certain ones. There are some plants that you can be rough with and others that you have to be very gentle with and that was something new that I learned during that experiment. I was under the impression that you had to be gentle with all plants. Overall a fun experience with your classmates." - a student in the LC

"Because I had never seen something grow right before my eyes, I did not know what to expect. The two plants that I grew were lemon grass and watercress. Every week I was surprised at how much growth had occurred. It is very fascinating to watch the life cycle of a plant. Unfortunately, my water cress could not adapt to the conditions properly and it died. The death of my plant did not discourage me it made me realize how much it takes to care for this small living thing. Overall, this assignment was very helpful in acquiring knowledge about nature and how we should appreciate it. I would recommend that all students experience this project. This will help them become more aware of their surroundings, as well as the beauty that earth could have if properly taken care of."- a student in the LC


contact information



Joseph D'Silva
jdsilva@nsu.edu

 

 

Stephen Via
smvia@nsu.edu