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December 8, 2016 In Lakeland University Blog
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Perhaps you’ve seen the bright green posters around campus, the ones that urge you to “Eat Lakeland produce,” while also teasing, “Coming Soon! LAKELAND UNIVERSITY GARDEN.”

There’s a neat little tilled plot of land, 20 feet by 15 feet, on the Southwest corner of campus. It’s the future home of the all-organic Lakeland University Garden, which is LU senior Jamie Gundlach’s senior honors project.

“I’m very interested in the environment, and I knew I wanted my project to center around sustainability efforts,” said Gundlach, who is majoring in biology and minoring in music.

Gundlach, working closely with LU Associate Professor of Biology Paul Pickhardt and Mark Wagner and Joe Johnson of LU Dining Services, recently sent off soil samples and is eagerly awaiting the results.

In spring, Gundlach, a native of Ripon, Wis., will lead the planting of peppers, zucchini, green beans, lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. Dining services student employees will assist with weeding and watering, and Gundlach hopes other students will volunteer their time to make sure the garden thrives.

“We will harvest throughout the summer and into fall, as long as we can,” she said. “Dining services will prepare and serve the fresh produce to our students.”

Gundlach graduates in May, so she won’t be around campus see all of the literal fruits – and vegetables – of her labor.

“I’ll be very excited when the garden starts to yield, and I’ll be sad I can’t be around each day to see it after I graduate,” she said. “But I really hope I can come back year after year and see it flourishing.”

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