As the school year wraps itself up in final exams, papers, and projects, the campus gardeners wrap it up in huge collard green leaves and eat it for lunch! This week, we want to let you know who we are! When you go to the Edible Campus Gardens, you might wonder, “Who grows this food? Who makes it happen? Who should I look for when I volunteer? What are their hobbies, and what is their favorite music? What is their spirit animal? How about board games? Do they like Jello?”
Well, maybe you don’t have that many questions. And we won’t put all the answers here. But come to the gardens and get to know us! Here are the basics:
Garden Steward Emma Wilson is a dance artist, gardener, inhabitant and interloper, working specifically as the compost steward at the Edible Campus Gardens. She loves facilitating the decomposition of food waste to support the growth of fresh, organic produce. Emma has completed her BFA in Modern Dance at the University of Utah and is currently completing minors in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Brazilian Studies. You can usually find Emma hurrying between or working in the Pioneer Garden and the Marriott Center for Dance, bearing leafy greens from the former and sweat from the latter.
Garden Steward Erika Longino is a third year Urban Ecology student. She was born in the wet, misty forests of Olympia, Wash. and has migrated many miles to come to Salt Lake City for her studies. She can often be seen on her little blue bicycle with vegetables spilling out of the saddlebags, feeding her rabbit herd, working on bikes at the Salt Lake Bicycle Collective, dancing hard at local music venues, or writing campus gardens blogs.
Garden Steward Georgie Alexe Corkery has been with the Edible Campus Gardens since the beginning of her college career four years ago. She is the greenhouse coordinator, University of Utah Farmers Market booth manager, as well as a general garden steward at the campus gardens. Through the gardens, she found her passion for the environment and declared a major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and soon after declared a double major in Urban Ecology and minor in Design. Beyond working through her degree, Georgie is a passionate, community-oriented gardener, runner, lover, camper, and she hopes to pursue a career in sustainable development and/or urban agriculture.
Gardens (Staff) Coordinator Marykate Glenn came to the campus organic gardens after some years farming in Connecticut. She’s passionate about connecting with people through food and farming. Come hang out and weed with her—she loves swapping stories and would especially love to discuss and learn more about popular uprisings, land reforms, and soil microbiology.
Garden Steward Nick Volker, who hails from Pleasanton, Calif., is a recent graduate from the Environmental and Sustainability Studies program. He is passionate about cultivating local organic food and its ability to open the door to sustainability education. He is also an avid cyclist and enjoys Utah’s wild spaces.
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