C.L.A.S.P. HOSTS FIRST COMMUNITY GARDEN SUMMIT
community gardeners from across the
nation come together for the first
time at the University of Houston
for the First Annual National
University and College Community
Garden Summit on April 8–9.
University of Houston’s Community
Learning Agricultural Sustainability
to the summit to discuss different
aspects of maintaining a community
garden and meet with their peers.
“The purpose of the summit is to
share best practices, share
solutions and answers to problems
and questions and grow together as a
community,” said Leah Wolfthal,
Eleven schools attended the summit sessions held in the multipurpose rooms in Calhoun Lofts. Friday evening, participants were given a tour of the Houston area community gardens and a moonlit walk through Memorial Park. Guests had the option of organic, local dining at either SNAP Kitchen or Field of Greens.
The next morning, participants had the option to rise early for Relaxation Garden Yoga followed by check-in and breakfast. Six sessions explored topics such as the basics of starting a garden, student involvement and marketing your garden, fiscal sustainability, and gardening for health. One session also discussed environmental sustainability to look at ways to conserve water and energy, composting, rooftop gardening and aquaponic gardening practices. The last session explored options for connecting the community to your garden, whether the academic or outside community.
“We hope schools will leave with
relationships they can rely on for
when they need help in the future
and to also share their successes
with,” Wolfthal said.
For more information on the summit
and the Campus Community Garden,