April is Earth Month and organizations around the community and on campus have gathered to help encourage green living. A variety of external vendors were set up on Friday, the day before Earth Day, featuring everything from gluten-free and organic food booths to a table displaying beautiful crystals and plants. All along the courtyard in front of Ottenheimer Library you could find tables to enjoy, shop, and inform.
The Garden Alliance Club had a variety of herbs to purchase and handmade loofa soaps. Amber Mitchell, the president of the club, said they are all about eating fresh and growing your own food. “It’s important for people to know the club exists. There are opportunities for students to get involved and learn how to eat healthier,” she said.
New South Produce Cooperative was promoting a community supported agriculture program that would deliver produce from certified organic and certified naturally grown Arkansas farmers. With payment plan options and a pickup location on campus in the Community Connection Center, this program is affordable and accessible to students and staff.
The Trojan Food Pantry is a program that provides staff and students with quality food. Having only been open for a year, they are mostly stocked with canned food, but the Food Pantry is not slowing down and is working to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables to it’s shelves. The Campus Garden is in partnership with the Food Pantry to supply seasonal produce every Thursday.
Keep Arkansas Beautiful and an abundance of other organizations were there to remind people how important it is to be intentional with the way we eat and live on our planet.