August 2015
The Green Scene@GSU
Check out all the recent happenings with regards to sustainability for the GSU Campus Community.

Kids Are Cooking At GSU

GSU's Child Development Program recently received a $2,000 Farm to Georgia Preschool Grant from Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.  The grant is designed to encourage young children to begin healthy lifestyles and develop a preference for fresh fruits and vegetables by using experimental learning.   Farm to Preschool is a new initiative that grew out of the Farm to School program.  As a result of the grant, the Child Development program started a container garden on its playground, allowing the children to grow fresh vegetables and herbs.
A farmer came in and assisted the children with planting tomatoes, eggplant, edamame, peppers, peppermint, dill, okra, etc. The classroom staff as well as the children were responsible for watering the garden and harvesting the vegetables and herbs.  Since the start of the program, more fresh fruits and vegetables have been incorporated into the current menu and they would like to expand the garden in the future.  The children even made salsa!  

For more information about GSU's Child Development Department please visit the following site:   


Weekly Fresh and Local Produce Coming to GSU Campus   

Global Growers and GSU ' s Office of Sustainability have partnered to bring a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to our campus.  A CSA offers local, seasonal food directly from farmers or a collective group of farms.  Global Growers is an independent nonprofit that provides support to local farmers, many legal refugees, through training focused on agricultural production, business development and food safety.  Global Growers offers agricultural opportunities to underserved farmers , enabling them to earn a living by sharing locally grown food.  
Why participate in a CSA?  It is a cost effective way of (1) receiving fresh, organic vegetables; (2) assisting smaller, local farmers in maintaining a steady livelihood and, (3) reducing dependence on vegetables that are transported across the US and/or from other countries.  Of course, selecting the right CSA can be a bit overwhelming but this article from Clean Eating Magazine may help.
How does it work?  What is a "share"?  The customer purchases a "share" which is a weekly delivery of fresh, local produce to a designated pick up location.  In this case, Global Growers delivers the shares and gives the option to purchase a partial or full share.  A partial share contains 4-6 items each week, along with a locally produced item off the farm every other week. Full shares contain over 7 items and a locally produced item off the farm every week.  Shares can be picked up every Monday at designated locations on the campus of GSU starting September 14, 2015 and ending November 16, 2015.
This is a wonderful opportunity to try out a variety of fresh produce harvested at their peak ripeness giving you the most flavor, vitamin and mineral content.  Support local farmers while saving time and money.  For more information about the farm shares, pick up locations and price, click the following link: Global Growers CSA

The Results Are In

Congratulations to the winners of our Sustainability Photography contest!  Megan McWilliams won the GA Scenes category and Jeffrey Stockwell won in the GA State University Scene category. 

Megan is a Studio Art major minoring in Marketing.  She will be graduating in 2016. The title of Megan's photograph is "Endless Possibilities".                
Jeffrey is a M.S. Communication major and will be graduating Fall 2015.  The title of Jeffrey's photograph is "Main Street".                               

Megan and Jeffrey's photographs will be on display in the Office of Sustainability so please drop by to see their great work in person!

Georgia State University
Office of Sustainability
75 Piedmont Ave, Suite 750
Atlanta, GA 30303

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