CSU Stanislaus students & faculty plant seeds of hope

A Dedication Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate a special garden project at California State University, Stanislaus. The University's Hunger Network Club has revitalized the "Harvest for the Hungry Garden," which donates produce to feed the hungry. The newly redesigned garden in the BioAg area next to the Science Building has been lovingly prepared by students, faculty and staff, and has now been made handicap accessible.

It is estimated in the Stanislaus County Nutrition Profile compiled by California Food Policy Advocates that the total number of "Touched by Hunger and Food Insecurity" in Stanislaus County is 166,000. The Hunger Network, a student organization at CSU Stanislaus, works diligently to reduce the number of hungry in the local area. Efforts to revitalize the "Harvest for the Hungry Garden" have been coordinated by Margaret Ramos who works in the University's Academic Senate office. When volunteers waned last fall, there was talk of discontinuing the project. Ramos stepped in to help the club rejuvenate the program and rebuild the new garden beds. The garden now features a number of raised bed planter boxes, thanks to donated materials from local businesses, support from the Office of Service Learning at CSU Stanislaus, and volunteers who assembled the beds. Produce from this garden is delivered to United Samaritans in Turlock and then distributed to those in need.

Ramos says the garden project still needs volunteers to assist in the on-going maintenance of the vegetable production throughout the summer and winter months. People interested in volunteering at the garden can contact Hunger Network club adviser, Dr. Tamara Sniezek at (209) 667-3224.

The dedication and Open House celebration will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the BioAg area on campus. The program is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.