Two dozen students brought their helping hands and strong backs to Crabtree Farms where they volunteered March 12-14 during UTC’s Third Annual Alternative Spring Break. 

Washing pots at Crabtree Farms is cold work

Washing pots at Crabtree Farms is cold work

Established in 1998, Crabtree Farms, works to bring urban sustainable agriculture to Chattanooga. “The mission of Crabtree Farms is to connect Chattanoogans with our local food shed.  Crabtree Farms serves the greater Chattanooga community through education and advocacy programs that teach about growing food sustainably and choosing local produce,” according to the Crabtree website.

Students prepare the ground for a four-year crop of asparagus.

Students prepare the ground for a four-year crop of asparagus.

UTC students helped at Crabtree in a variety of ways.  They prepared the ground for a four-year crop of asparagus, helped in the hot house, and planted Pawpaw trees at Crabtree Farms.

Planting Pawpaw trees.

Planting Pawpaw trees.

“The goals of UTC’s Alternative Spring Break are to respond to the needs of our community through service and volunteerism, to develop an understanding of the impact of our contributions to society, and to enrich leadership and team-building skills among our participants,” said Carol Oglesby, Coordinator of Student Civic Engagement and Physical Health Education and Promotion.

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