Global Citizenship students at the Orem campus, Lailani Matagi, Adrianna Garza and Paul Clavijo, decided to help plant a community garden. In connection with community partners, The United Way/Americorp Vista and Community Actions Services and Food Bank, they were able help plant the Boulders Community Garden in Provo Utah. Water and tools were provided. The residents supplied their own seed and were responsible for watering, weeding and maintaining individual plots.
Not only is much of the food grown donated to the food pantry, it allows long term support for families, helping them to become self-reliant. In 2010, an average of 2500 families per month received food assistance from this program.
What did the student learn from being involved in this program? They were able to become acquainted with residents who utilize this program. By preparing the ground, setting up the water system and planting the seeds, they were more in touch with others and became better citizens. What is more, they learned that maintaining a garden is not hard work if you work together. Everyone can benefit by planting and maintaining a garden.