For the past few months MDXSU has been working with the university to create a student-run allotment on campus, and we are thrilled to announce that the project is officially going ahead!
Yesterday we took ownership of the keys to the newly constructed allotment, located on the Paddocks close to the university staff-run patch, and will prepare the plot over the summer break in readiness for students returning to campus in the new academic year.
All students wishing to volunteer on the allotment are invited to get in touch - it doesn't matter if you've never gardened before. Anyone passionate about getting their hands dirty and learning about how to create a thriving kitchen garden experience is invited to be a part of the project.
The focus will be on cultivating fruit and vegetables that can be donated to the soup kitchen where RAG students volunteer their time. The produce will be used to create nutritious freshly prepared meals for homeless and poor local people. Allotment volunteers will be responsible for determining which types of produce will fulfill this criteria on the plot provided.
The initative is also part of MDXSU's ongoing committment to creating an ecologically sustainable environment, in this case by providing a new pollen-producing habitat for the local bee population.
Mark Norman, the university's Environmental Manager, has been instrumental in making this allotment initiative come about, and we'll be working together to make it a success. We envisage the project involving people from all areas of university life - watch this space for more details on that front!
To take part in the allotment project please get in touch with the MDXSU Opportunities Manager Jamie Stratton - firstname.lastname@example.org