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Garden needs more student involvement to thrive

Did you know that we have a community garden at Linfield?

At least, it has the potential to be one. Right next to Renshaw Hall, you might have noticed the fenced-in area with wood structures and various tall plants.

The garden could be so beneficial to this school, but it is overlooked and under-appreciated.

Some time and energy is required for any garden. Whether it’s flowers or food, growing quality plants takes more than just desire.

But what we lack here at Linfield for our garden is the desire.

More time and energy needs to be invested in order for our garden to thrive and reach its potential for serving the community. We yield what we put into it.

The garden already provides things like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, zucchinis and herbs that students are welcome to take.

They grow in awesome raised beds that junior Lexi Sayer constructed during the summer. Totem Shriver’s art classes contributed the wooden sculptures that decorate the space.

Our garden is already a product of various people’s hard work, but it can become more.

We have resources available to us that can turn our garden into an even more productive source of food  and community for everyone.

More work needs to be done, but there isn’t a big enough interest base here for it to really get rolling.

With steady upkeep like watering, weeding and harvesting, the garden could be a sustainable food source for students and faculty.

Dillin Hall can have produce available for students during meals.

Students can pick the fruits and vegetables for free, but everyone is encouraged to contribute and give back with their help.

Beyond food, gardens are a tremendous source of peace. Gardening is an effective way to relieve stress, and people often describe it as meditative and therapeutic.

It’s almost impossible to be in a bad mood while enjoying some dirt in a garden. It’s good for the soul.

You also get to form a better relationship with the earth, which is never a bad thing.

Gardening is also a great way to build a community with other people while working. We could reach further than Linfield and  connect with the McMinnville community, as well.

Instead of searching for places to volunteer and work, let’s bring it home. We could have garden parties in our own backyard.

We could even get people to come give gardening workshops. The fence needs to be painted, and an organizational system needs to be put into place.

The level of awesomeness this garden could reach is totally attainable. And it’s something I want to achieve.

But we need more people involved in order to reap all the benefits. If you’re interested, let me know. Let’s make this happen.

Kelsey Sutton 

Managing editor

Kelsey Sutton can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.

Students should engage in the community

More than 80 first-year students gathered at various organizations around McMinnville on Sept. 17, spending three hours on different community service projects. Laura Kushner, the volunteer coordinator at Yamhill Community Action Partnership food bank told me that she viewed community service as a chance to prepare.

Since then, I’ve been thinking about how I’m taking time to see what the world I’m supposedly preparing myself for actually looks like. While I have a full schedule of classes and extracurricular activities, most of my interactions are limited to Linfield’s campus. This seems kind of silly when I step back and look at the situation, because after this Spring, I’ll graduate and move into the world that I spend so little time being engaged in.

There is value to embracing your college years and the activities that Linfield offers. You will only be here for four years so live fully as an undergraduate. Yet, I think that part of living fully means reaching out to the community and to the world. This can be a lot of things like studying abroad, volunteering at the food bank, attending open-mic nights at Corner Stone Coffee, meeting the people who grow your vegetables at the Farmer’s Market or even just checking out books from the public library.

Even if you don’t have hours to spend on volunteering, spending some time in the community will allow you to collect a picture of how cities and large groups of people work and what they need.

This year, during my final year as an undergraduate, I’m going to immerse myself fully in my college experience- which will definitely involve checking out some good books from the community library and drinking some coffee at a public open-mic night.

Joanna Peterson/Managing editor
Joanna Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.