Get Down and Dirty at RU Soil Service Days! (Apr 20 and 27)

The RUrbanPioneers Community Garden will kick-off its New Deal Soil Service Days for the second year at the Schaumburg Campus.  This event will take place on April 20 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate!

garden_plots (5)Volunteers and RUrbanPioneers will turn compost — made from raw materials generated from our Wabash Building and supplied by the University — in to garden plots on the north side of campus.

Also on April 20 at 9 a.m., John Eskandari, an experienced “plantsman” will speak about preparing the soil organically for the best outcome and will consult with the gardeners one-on-one. John’s experience as general manager of Gethsemane Garden Center and as an instructor at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern School of Continuing Studies promise to engage and provide wisdom to gardeners.

Garden efforts on April 20 and 27 will complete a circle of use set in motion when the University opened the Wabash Building last year and generated the compost which will boost the nutrients in the soil and form the basis of the fruit of the gardener’s labor this year. Ten plots were actively farmed in 2012. This year, 27 plots have been reserved, nearly tripling the size of the garden. All plots will be outfitted with drip irrigation for use during dry weather.

Come join the RUrbanPioneers in the growing local food movement!

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