Immaculata University Builds Raised Bed Gardens for Food Banks
Students and staff from Immaculata University will join with members of the Chester County Food Bank on Saturday, September 17 to build three raised bed gardens for growing organic produce. Various student organizations will take turns harvesting the vegetables, some of which will be distributed to local food pantries, and some of which will be used by the University.
Dennis Shores, director of facilities at Immaculata, learned about the Chester County Food Bank´s Raised Bed Garden Project and spoke with members of Immaculata´s executive administration about his idea of building some beds on campus. After the discussion, a plot of land was selected outside Loyola Hall, near the McIntyre Greenhouse, to place the beds. Shores sought to involve students in the project, and he recruited the Biochem Club, the Environmental Club, the African American Cultural Society, and other interested students to volunteer. The Chester County Food Bank will supply the soil, seeds, and equipment on Saturday for establishing the beds.
As of August, the Chester County Food Bank had worked with community organizations, libraries, churches, schools, and businesses to create 272 garden beds. Each bed can provide up to ten pounds of fruits and vegetables per week, allowing food pantries to give clients fresh, nutritious produce in addition to canned goods.
Immaculata University is a residential, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.