Earth Week 2017: Landscape Architecture Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting/MSU Community Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 9:00 am

As part of Earth Week 2017, Mississippi State's Office of Sustainability is hosting a ribbon cutting for the Department of Landscape Architecture's rain garden and a groundbreaking ceremony for the MSU Community Garden. Both events will take place in the Landscape Architecture Facility's courtyard. MSU President Mark E. Keenum will be in attendance. Participating departments are the Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Department of Art in the College of Architecture, Art and Design; and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Bagley College of Engineering. The raingarden is funded by a $20,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, creating a green infrastructure training and demonstration project. Follow the MSU Office of Sustainability on Facebook @msstatesustainability and Twitter @msstate_green for more information about this and other Earth Week events.

Additional Information
To participate in the community garden, students should enroll in one of the three courses offered this fall. They include: LA 1001: (FYE) Grow Your Own Salads and Soups: Vegetable Gardening; PSS 1113: The Gardening Experience; and LA / PSS/ FNH 4990: Community Food Systems. Currently, 12 of the community garden's approximate 30 raised beds are complete. Future plans include additional beds, ADA access and a fruit orchard. Initially, the garden will be utilized by students enrolled in one of the three fall 2017 courses and by Students for a Sustainable Campus. It is anticipated that the community garden will be used in four ways in the future: as a classroom; as a community garden available for students, student groups and others; for outreach and demonstration purposes; and as a hub of community food systems research. If you require special assistance relating to a disability, contact Cory Gallo at 662-325-3249.