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“Bounty of Nature” series grows to help students garden

Bounty of Nature

Picture By Trevor Seibert

On Thursday, students and attendees gathered in the Central Library to learn about basic plant structures and a variety of sprouting techniques from roots, stem sprouts and seeds.

During the month of February, the FabLab is sponsoring the “Bounty of Nature” series to help prepare people to plant their indoor gardens for the springtime, said Martin Wallace, maker literacies and engineering librarian.

The FabLab is a creative hub for students, faculty and the public providing access to technologies, equipment and training in support of invention and entrepreneurship.

“Overall, one of the big purposes is to get students into our space to show them that we are here to help them learn,” FabLab director Katie Peery said. “Here’s a cool thing you can do with the technology and we’ll teach you how to do it.”

The FabLab occasionally hosts a one-hour series of workshops to give students a break from school work with fun, hands-on activities while soaking in knowledge, Wallace said.

“We also want them to see some practical outputs of using this technology, even if it has nothing to do with their major, or a specific assignment, that, like, you can just come and make fun things too,” Peery said.

A lot of students live on campus and don’t have access to outdoor gardening, Wallace said.

“They wanna learn how to grow plants in their dorm room or in their apartments,” he said. “These are really easy methods of growing plants out of everyday things that you might have on hand.”

Wallace gave reasons about why gardening is beneficial and important for the environment.

“By doing your own gardening, it’s good for your budget because you’re not spending so much on food,” Wallace said. “It’s good for the environment because you’re not relying on factory farm food as much. Plants help clean the air. It could be mentally therapeutic, of course.”

Education sophomore Aisha Ahmed said she likes gardening because it saves her money on produce.

“Once it starts growing, you can really reap the benefits of it,” Ahmed said.

She said as a college student, she doesn’t have time to grocery shop as much and gardening is a convenience.

“I realized that I am throwing away a lot that could be used,” Ahmed said.

Girish Bangalore Jalappa, mechanical engineering doctoral student, said he goes to the FabLab often and grew curious about the workshop after seeing it.

Jalappa said he is going to start a small garden in his apartment after attending the event.

“It seems very easy,” Jalappa said. “You grow your own stuff. I like to do that, having a feeling you can do something on your own.”

He is going to start by planting carrots, onion sprouts and mint leaves, he said.

“My favorite thing was to actually witness that all of this was possible,” Jalappa said.

Article By Elizabeth White