Trevecca Nazarene University

Local children learn & give back at Treveccaís greenhouse

Trevecca professor Jason Adkins teaches a group of Cameron Middle School students about organic gardening.

Students from Cameron Middle School visited Trevecca Nazarene University on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, to learn about organic gardening and to prepare for a Philanthropy Sale benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network.


More than 20 Cameron students and teachers were welcomed into the Trevecca greenhouse and instructed in soil cube-making and starting plants. Trevecca professors Chris Farrell and Jason Adkins also explained Trevecca’s aquaponics tank, a balanced ecosystem which allows many plants and fish (approximately 300 tilapia) to grow, mutually benefiting from eachother in a small amount of space. The aquaponics tank was created during the summer of 2009 by Farrell, Adkins, and a team of Trevecca students.


In addition, Compass Cinema came to film a video that will be used to teach all 650 students in the Cameron School network about the organic gardening techniques taught at Trevecca.


These lessons are part of a greater plan and partnership between Cameron Middle School, Children's Miracle Network(CMN) at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and Trevecca. The goal is to put on a Community Outreach Philanthropy Project in which each Cameron student participant will be given the experience of creating a product and selling it with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.


“By teaching the students to give back, it helps the students to take pride in their community,” said Gloria Respress-Churchwell, Co-Chair CMN Outreach.


Children will grown their own plants, with help from Trevecca, and will hand paint the pots in which the plants will be grown and sold in at the event.

View more photos on Trevecca's Flickr site at the link below.