Morgan State University’s Community Organic Vegetable Garden is back in full flower and is greener than ever this year.
The once-vacant land at Chinquapin Run Park, on the corner of Hillen and Stonewood Roads, is being cultivated by Morgan political science majors and members of the school’s Nutritional Sciences Program, along with the help of Home Depot.
This year’s crop is to include lettuce, collards, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, bell pepper and kale, produce that will be donated to Morgan students and residents in the surrounding community.
“This is a wonderful initiative to promote not only eating well, but to increase access to fruits and vegetables,” Dr. Sherine Brown, assistant professor of nutritional science at MSU, said in a statement, noting that several communities exist in food deserts, neighrborhoods that are sparsely populated with stores selling fresh, wholesome fruits and vegetables.
The Morgan statement said that the “primary goal of the community garden is to nurture the land into a productive urban organic vegetable garden and to provide vegetables, fruits and herbs” to students and local residents. “In time, the garden will expand into a student and/community-run food co-op,” it said.
In addition, cultivated beds have been purchased by organizations such as the Students of Future Educators, the campus chapter of the American Society for Civil Engineers and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity.