•  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 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) will open the week of February 27. NSSE is a survey that helps higher education institutions understand how students are spending time in and out of the classroom, which guides decisions that will benefit Hamline students. Keep an eye on your emails first-years and seniors, your response will help improve the Hamline University experience. 

    Since 2010, the Office of Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives and Bush Memorial Library have collaborated on the Hamline Diversity Award. This cash award is given annually to an undergraduate student who demonstrates excellent facility with scholarly research materials to produce a project on a diversity topic. Nominations are now open from faculty, librarians, and students. Deadline is Thursday, March 9 at 5 p.m.