On Thursday June 13th, Temple University Rome students assisted with the harvesting and planting of new herbs and vegetables for the vertical garden. Professor Pearsall’s Sustainable Environments class used this as a hands on learning opportunity where students got to see how the plants are utilised for classes, thus making the university more sustainable.
One group of students harvested herbs that were previously planted in the vertical garden. Afterwards, they added new soil and planted celery, carrots, parsley, basil, and a few other plants that will be used in some of the courses offered at Temple University Rome.
Meanwhile, another group planted beautiful flowers in window boxes and hung them up for people to see as they are entering the building.
This was a a great learning and volunteer experience that required group effort. Temple University Rome is proud of the progress with their “Temple Orto Botanico”, and was happy to see student and faculty involvement. The university hopes to continue to create circular sustainability with this garden. You can read more about the garden and other sustainability efforts here.