Newton Harvest Helps Food Pantry

09/10/2012
Contact: Rebecca Rakoczy
Phone: 678-891-2691
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Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

For Immediate Release

GPC Newton Campus Produces Harvest for Food Pantry

Tomatoes, okra, and cucumbers, oh my! GPC Newton math professor Dr. Sallie Paschal was among faculty and students who worked the gardens at Newton Campus this summer. The math professor adopted three plots on campus, which produced more than 150 pounds of vegetables and a few watermelons this summer.

Paschal recently donated the bountiful harvest to the Community Food Bank of Newton and to the Garden of Gethsemane Shelter in Covington.  The campus garden, which was launched last spring, is part of the college’s sustainability and student engagement efforts.

Paschal is already gearing up for fall gardening and on Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22, there will be a student workday on the Newton Campus to mulch and amend garden plots for planting. The fall crop will be red and green lettuce, romaine, Swiss chard, collards and arugula, among other fall veggies, Paschal said. She is among other GPC Newton faculty and students who have gardened over the summer. There is also an active garden on GPC’s Decatur Campus, and the produce harvested from that garden goes to the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur.

For information about Georgia Perimeter College’s sustainability gardens at Newton and Decatur please go to http://gpc.edu/gardens