Kent State Salem Donates Produce from Discovery Garden
Students and faculty from the Kent State Salem Campus recently harvested the season’s final crop of produce from the Discovery Garden, donating nearly 60 pounds of fresh vegetables to the Salem Food Pantry.
Chris Carlson, associate professor, and students from his horticulture soils class gathered the vegetables and prepared the garden for the winter season. Along with John Majernik, program director, the group picked tomatoes, green beans, wax beans, broccoli, eggplant and onions.
The Discovery Garden was created as an outdoor classroom on the Salem Campus, giving students a real-life setting to learn how to plan, design, prep and maintain a garden spot. Its design helps the teaching process, with wide spaces between the planted rows that allow students to walk through the garden without disturbing plants.
The horticulture degree programs are exclusive to the Kent State Salem Campus, where students can get hands-on experience and instruction from industry experts. Kent State Salem offers a bachelor’s degree in applied horticulture, as well as an associate degree in horticulture technology with concentrations in urban forestry, turfgrass management and landscape design.
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Photo: Kent State Salem students (from left) Gabriell Vogel and Marshall Somerville helped harvest vegetables from the Discovery Garden that were donated to the Salem Food Pantry.
Photo: Associate Professor Chris Carlson gives instructions to students in his horticulture soils class before gathering vegetables from the Discovery Garden.