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cultivating  by Brian Lynn ’98

Biology professor Robin O’Quinn works in EWU’s Community Garden.

As part of Eastern Washington University’s promotion of sustainable communities, a studentinitiated community garden was created on campus four years ago. Current faculty advisors Dr. Robin O’Quinn, from the Biology Department, and Dr. Laurie Morley, from the Physical Education, Health and Recreation Department, help maintain consistency from year to year and act as student liaisons. The pair aspire to educate students outside of a classroom setting on the benefits of health and wellness, as well as the impact on society when it comes to growing and consuming your own food. Both have lofty goals of incorporating the garden into daily operations of campus and the Cheney community as a whole, while also spreading the

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educational curriculum to K-12 educators throughout the region. “One goal is to expand this concept beyond biology,” said Morley, who points to the structured curriculum in EWU’s Science for Gardeners class. “It’s really about extending the message of making responsible decisions when it comes to what you eat, eating local, and changing the hearts and minds of what young people are eating.” For the past four years, the garden was located at corner of Elm and Washington streets next to the University Recreation Center, but moved this past June to property behind the Red Barn. While the garden has undergone a rebirth and is in a second infancy, donations and hard work have helped keep the

Engage | 2013-14  
Engage | 2013-14  

The Community Engagement Magazine of Eastern Washington University