The very first sustainability workshop on January 20th was a visit to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.   It was an incredibly informative afternoon which provided valuable insight for the campus raised bed garden.  The student growers, Monika, and Maggie were led by Jane Maudlin on a tour of the food bank and their community raised bed garden, the Evelyn Navarre Davenport Teaching Garden. It is a joint endeavor with the Hamilton County Master Gardeners and an incredible effort in sustainability and community outreach.  Composed of twenty five raised beds, a greenhouse and a 1,500 gallon cistern, it is a demonstration garden for the Chattanooga community to see and appreciate the benefits of vegetable gardens.  So far, the garden has produced more than 700 pounds of fresh produce for the Emergency Food Box clients.  As a demonstration garden, there are also a number of workshops and events available, which can be found at http://www.chattfoodbank.org/programs/garden-programs/workshops-classes/.  This garden is a wonderful addition to the Chattanooga community and is definitely worth your time!

Jane Maudlin, our wonderful guide!

A geothermal composter donated by Thomson Worm Farms

 

The 1,500 Gallon Cistern

A Raised Bed at the Evelyn Navarre Davenport Teaching Garden

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