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March 15, 2013
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

Macoskey Center rents garden plots

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research is offering organic garden plots to students and community for organic gardens this summer.

Interested persons can garden individually or in groups.

The plots will rent for $40 to students and $50 for community members. Renters will receive a $20 refund at the end of the growing season providing all obligations regarding the gardens are met. The project includes 10 plots ranging in size from 5-foot by 19-foot, to 13-foot by 22 foot. Plots can be selected on a first come, first serve basis.

"Community gardens are important for many reasons related to education and community building efforts," said Fran Bires, interim director at the center. "Gardens provide fresh, nutritional food to those who may otherwise have limited access. They also provide a gathering point for community members and a feeling of accomplishment and unity."

"Beautification and inspiration are benefits obtained from the act of growing, be it flower or vegetable," he said.

Participants must sign an agreement with the Macoskey Center that call on the gardener to refrain from using chemical fertilizers, including herbicides and pesticides; maintain a neat garden site; compost vegetative matter; use responsible water management practices; and return borrowed tools.

The center will provide compost, a small sign designating each plot, water in barrels for irrigation and hand tools. The center will also rototill plots upon request.

For more information contact the Macoskey Center at 734.738.4050.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.