University garden provides nutrients to housekeeping staff
August 3, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, NC — Until a new community garden sprouted on the outskirts of UNC-Chapel Hill this year, housekeeper Barry Womble rarely bought zucchini or squash: Now, he snags some for free each week, according to the News Observer.
"It''s so expensive," said Womble, one of 421 full-time housekeepers who, collectively, represent the lowest-paid work force on campus. "We have so much processed food now, to have natural food is real nice."
That''s the point of this new 8,000-square-foot garden tucked away on the western edge of campus: Since it opened in March, the garden has become a go-to source of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables for housekeepers and other low-paid university workers, the article stated.
"We''re reaching largely people who can''t afford to buy it," said Claire Lorch, who runs the garden part time with a salary paid through grants.
"A lot of people have to make choices, and they''re not always the healthiest," Lorch added.
It''s just a garden for now, but Lorch would like it to double as a working laboratory: She envisions gardening classes and sharing cooking tips, the article noted.
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