On Saturday, April 23, volunteers, including a group from the Boy Scouts of America, tagged 260 campus trees as part of Trevecca’s arboretum project. The University is working to achieve a level II arboretum status, which requires at least 60 different species of trees, all of which must have name cards attached, and a walking map must be available for self-guided tours. This volunteer effort, held only a day after Earth Day, will help in this endeavor.
In recent days, the Center for Social Justice, led by Trevecca’s Americorps Vista Worker Tera Kurtz, has been instrumental in setting up a sustainable farm stand in the nearby Napier Community. The farm stand will be organized long-term by an organization called The Veggie Project. This organization will work with local school children, allowing them to sell donated organic local foods. This allows the students in the community to learn business skills as well as gardening techniques. Trevecca has donated the use of some of their gardens, and in the future hopes to donate organic eggs (for $1 a dozen) from the University’s new on-campus free-range chicken project.
In addition, the University has recently gained access to a farm adjacent to the school with approximately 3 acres of land. Representatives from the Center for Social Justice and volunteers from the local community have already begun plowing. This and other properties will serve as public gardens for those living in the Napier and Chestnut Hills communities.