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Strawberry Fields for UC Riverside

By Sustainability Interns | December 11, 2014

What? R’Garden organic produce to be sold to Dining Services
Why? This is a huge step toward a greener, more sustainable UCR

 

The coolest thing in the world is coming to UC Riverside. For the first time ever in UCR’s history, the R’Garden is partnering with Dining Services to bring local, organic produce to students on campus farmed by yours truly. We interns are hard at work in the garden every day to supply you with the best organic and ethically-sourced ingredients for your on-campus dining needs. Talk about, “by the people, for the people”. Can you get any more local?

In early October 2014, we pulled out all our squash and melons and began putting our winter crops in the ground. In fact, my first day on the job, we planted strawberries. I arrived at the garden at 10:00 am that day dressed in my best business attire expecting to fill out paper work of some sort. Loose dirt continued to slide up into my nude wedges with every step until I was all but tiptoeing around the garden. It wasn’t until Tracey, my team leader, ever so cavalierly glided over on her skateboard in shorts and sunglasses that I realized the button down and red lipstick might have been a poor decision. I had borrowed my mom’s heels for the occasion and was terrified of the look I would get upon her finding a pair of mud-caked shoes in her closet. When Tracey announced we would be planting strawberries, I rolled up my sleeves and my jeans, kicked off my shoes and dug my fingers in the earth.

And these are the same strawberries you might find in your spinach and feta salad at the Market in Glenmor or perhaps you’ll find them atop a warm tart, dazzling in all of their honey glaze goodness when you dine with Lothian. We have rounded up the chefs and polled them to find out what herbs and veggies they use most often in their dishes and have planted accordingly. Once our crops are ready, they’ll purchase from our harvest and brainstorm to create new and exciting dishes around our product!
Among other delightful veggies, we’ve got a stunning, winter-green kale and red cabbage of the deepest azure hues in the ground.

Can’t wait for you taste all this goodness happening in the R’Garden!

‘Til then,
Alannah Ivy

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One Response to “Strawberry Fields for UC Riverside”

  1. dorah Dunigan Says:
    December 11th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Alannah, people like you deserve a whole lot of blessings. May God bless the work of your hands. This is really lovely. I wish I could do it too.

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