If you live in the Charleston, SC area, did you know there is a living classroom downtown? In this urban garden, there are 40 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs being grown organically with the joint effort of community volunteers who come together to experience and learn about growing. Where is this urban garden? On the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina. (Above photo credit: MUSC Urban Farm)
Called the MUSC Urban Farm, the half-acre garden on the corner of Bee and President Streets in downtown Charleston is a place where employees and community members work together to learn about gardening and healthy food choices through seminars, workshops, school tours, and hands-on experience in the garden. As an employee of MUSC, I’m very proud that this major medical university is involved in organic gardening and teaching the community the best way to stay healthy – eating healthy food!
If you live in the Charleston, SC area, consider a visit to the garden or attend one of the many gardening events hosted by MUSC. For example, you can volunteer an hour of your time in the garden from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013, and take home some fresh produce in return for your effort! (Bring your own grocery bag to tote home your yummy loot.) For other events, visit their event calendar.
Even if you don’t live in this area, visit the MUSC Urban Farm website for great information and recipes. Also, do a little research to see if there are any urban or community gardens in your own area. It’s a great way to learn how to create a garden of your own!