•  Margaret Shields '10

    Margaret Shields '10 

    You Are What You Eat

    If the old adage “you are what you eat” is true, local residents are in good shape thanks to the efforts of SPROUT: Students Proposing Real Options for Underutilized Territory. Founded by Hamline senior Margaret Shields (Bloomington, Minnesota), SPROUT produces fresh, organic food for the elderly in two campus gardens. Students coordinate with neighbors and members of the Hamline United Methodist Church to tend the gardens and transport the produce to the Hamline Midway Elders, a nonprofit organization that cares for senior citizens living in the area. The group also plans film series and other events to educate the public on sustainable agriculture and environmental justice.

    “Connecting with our neighbors makes the group stronger by uniting assets of the university and the surrounding community,” says Shields. “It also helps students think about their place [in the world] outside of Hamline.”

    DIY Garden

    SPROUT uses the “Three Sisters” method of planting -- a traditional mound planting style with corn in the middle, beans surrounding the corn, and squash around the beans. The system offers numerous environmental benefits. “The corn takes nitrogen from the soil, while the beans put nitrogen into the soil,” says Shields. “The beans use the corn stock as a trellis, and the squash spreads over the mound, keeping moisture in and weeds out.”

     

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    The last Inside Hamline of the calendar year will be sent Monday, December 22. Starting Monday, January 5, Inside Hamline will be sent on Mondays throughout J-term and then will return to the regular schedule beginning Monday, February 9.

    The Hamline community is invited to discuss and learn about the role of race in society, institutions, relationships, and daily life at the Hedgeman Center's Brown Bag Discussion Series being held every Wednesday in January from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Anderson Room 304.

    Hamline Counseling and Health Services will be closed for winter break beginning Friday, December 19 at 3 p.m. and will re-open on Monday, January 5 at 8 a.m.