Xavier partners with Norwood and Evanston to create a 30-plot community garden near campus

The community garden offers vegetable plots to Norwood and Evanston residents and Xavier students and staff | June 25, 2010

Xavier University's Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice is partnering with Norwood and Evanston community members to create a 30-plot community garden behind the University's McGrath Health and Wellness Center on the north side of Cleneay Avenue. The Norwood, Evanston, Xavier Urban Sustainability (NEXUS) Community Garden is designed to engage Norwood and Evanston residents alongside Xavier students, faculty and staff to grow food, learn about sustainable living and build community on common ground.

The plots are 8x3 feet each and rent for $25 through the end of October. Xavier’s 10 plots are full, but some remain in Norwood’s and Evanston’s space.
 
Free workshops are also being held three times each month through the season and are open to NEXUS members and the general public. Upcoming workshops include:

July 10—“Growing and Cooking with Herbs” from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the Cohen Center, Room 195
July 13—The film “Fresh” from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the Cohen Center, Room 195
July 24—Mid-summer BBQ (bring side dish to share) from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the NEXUS Community Garden
Aug. 7—“Harvest the Rain” rain barrel workshop from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the NEXUS Community Garden
Aug. 21—“Eat Local” workshop from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the NEXUS Community Garden
Aug. 26—“Container Gardening" workshop from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the NEXUS Community Garden
Sept. 11—“Canning and Preserving” workshop from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at a location to be determined
Sept. 25—“Fall Harvest Party" from  11:00 am. to noon at a location to be determined
Sept. 26—“Will Allen: The Urban Farming Revolution” from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center
Oct. 9—“Food Security and Justice” workshop from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at a location to be determined
Oct. 23—“Putting Your Garden to Bed” workshop from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the NEXUS Community Garden

For more information and an application, visit the Garden's web site.