Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast plants community garden

In conjunction with Earth Day, Ivy Tech Community College−Northeast announced the launch of the Ivy Tech Community Garden, located at the North Campus (4900 St. Joe Road) east of Carroll Hall. The first-planting ceremony was held this afternoon, with special guest John Gibson, project coordinator of Sustainable Indiana 2016.

“The community garden represents yet another way Ivy Tech is connecting with northeast Indiana,” said Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier. “This project benefits the environment, creates beauty and promotes healthy eating, while also engaging the community and inspiring sustainability.”

Ivy Tech Community Garden comprises 15 ground plots and ten sponsored raised planting beds, two of which are ADA compliant. There is a plan for ongoing growth as sponsorships are secured. Eight demonstration beds will provide gardening instruction for Ivy Tech classes and community members. Produce from demo gardens will be donated.

Ivy Tech is providing two options for community members who wish to be involved in the garden: 

Option 1: With a minimum $150 donation, a raised planting bed can be named in your honor or your (church, club, office, etc.) group’s honor. The contribution is 100 percent tax-deductible, with the tax forms being provided by the Ivy Tech Foundation. Sponsorship orders after May 15 will apply toward installation during spring 2013. Contact Sheri Dunlavy at sdunlavy@ivytech.edu for more details about option 1.

Option 2: Rent a planting bed for a flower or vegetable garden. The $20 rental fee (or $15 fee for ground-level beds) will cover the entire planting season, May through October. (The beds will be approximately 3’ x 10’.) Volunteers are also welcome to participate in the garden. Contact Nina Thierer at nthierer@ivytech.edu for more details about option 2.

Ivy Tech’s community garden is located on the North Campus (4900 St. Joe Road) east of Carroll Hall.

Ivy Tech’s volunteer master gardener Nina Thierer, associate professor of medical assisting, envisioned the creation of the community garden. She, along with adjunct faculty members Tera Dornfeld and Cheryl Skiba-Jones approached the Green Team in late 2011 with the goal to create an Ivy Tech community garden.

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