by MaryBeth Radeck
The RUrbanPioneers Community Garden wrapped up its second season this week with the first frost. Gardens tended by Food2You were particularly successful, serving vegetables in soups and recipes on campus all summer long. The garden also provided rich learning experiences for preschoolers attending Bright Horizons Early Childhood Education Center on campus, and for adults who tended container gardens at the Institute for Continue Learning at Roosevelt University (ICLRU).
Other gardeners simply enjoyed the flavor of fresh tomatoes, herbs, squash, cucumbers, zucchini and peppers. Our gardens finished the year with a generous October donation of 120 pounds of fresh veggies to the Hanover Township Food Pantry, which serves 1,000 area families per month.
Congratulations RUrbanPioneers! We will see you in the Spring of 2014.
MaryBeth Radeck is a Sustainability Studies major at Roosevelt University, where she also works as an environmental sustainability associate at RU’s Schaumburg Campus and manages the university’s 2-year-old community garden. A longtime marketing/communications professional, she also has a Master Gardener’s certificate from the Chicago Botanic Garden.