I’ve written previously about one of the classes I’m taking this quarter called Urban and Community Agriculture, but I want to introduce another aspect of this unique class. In addition to a service-learning component, we also participate in a lot of hands-on activities that do not occur in a typical classroom setting.
For example, since we are learning about how to get a community garden started, our professor brought us into DePaul’s greenhouse (located on the roof of McGowan South, one of our primary science buildings) last week to plant seeds ourselves and get our own personal gardens started. I planted a series of lavender seeds, and I will be able to transfer them to bigger containers next week.
At the end of the quarter, each student will be able to take their plants home and hopefully continue to implement strategies we learned in class regarding plant life and engaging with the natural world. By giving us the tools to be able to establish community gardens in our own neighborhoods, this class had already taught us a variety of valuable lessons that can be taken into other contexts beyond the classroom.