Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Century of Gardening at UNCG--Join Us Friday, April 15!

Join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries and the Green Libraries Group as we look at the history of gardening on campus. In the Fall semester of 2010, students, faculty and staff broke ground on a new food garden at 123 McIver Street. But food gardening on campus has a much longer history. As this photo shows, “Farmerettes” from the State Normal and Industrial College, as UNCG was then named, were lending their labor to campus food production nearly 100 years ago in 1918.

Join us as we celebrate these deep roots (excuse the pun). Carolyn Shankle will trace the history of community food gardening on campus, from the war gardens of World War I, to the victory gardens of World War II, and beyond, as captured in the pamphlets and photographs housed in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. Dr. Susan Andreatta, Professor of Anthropology and co-director of the UNC Greensboro Gardens will discuss the creation of the new garden and how it supports the campus move toward greater sustainability. Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker's students in Interior Architecture designed the garden, and she will be on hand to talk about that project. Senior Chandra Metheny (Environmental Biology) will talk about the Plant Diversity/Systematics garden plot she designed and describe the potential of using the garden for instruction. Beth Filar Williams and Sarah Dorsey will demonstrate the University Libraries’ resources for “green” gardening in our current print and electronic collections. The event will conclude with a field trip to the UNC Greensboro Garden to see how the first crop is growing.

Event Details:

When: Friday, April 15, 2-4 pm

Where: Room 217, Music Building.

The Music Building is a short walk from the campus garden at 123 McIver Street where the program will conclude.

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