Earth Day at Georgia Highlands
Green Highlands Sows Seeds on Earth Day
On Earth Day this past April, Green Highlands, GHC’s student organization that promotes green living, planted an organic vegetable garden in a 50 by 50-foot plot contributed by USG Interiors, at their headquarters in Cartersville. Now the crops are coming in, and they will be delivered to the Good Neighbor homeless shelter and Harvest House food pantry, both in Cartersville. Shown proudly displaying a giant zucchini squash, part of the garden’s first harvest, is Nicole Boyd, vice president for Green Highlands/Rome and the community garden chairperson.
Devan Rediger, biology lab coordinator and advisor to the organization, said the students want to show the community how easy and inexpensive it can be to live green. The produce is grown organically without pesticides. Rediger or the students involved water often. So does Donnie Elrod of USG Interiors. USG allowed GHC to use the land because the company wants to contribute to the Bartow community, but only has a small budget with which to do so. Providing the land and helping to water the crop is a valuable way to help the community on a small budget.
The Green Highlanders planted yellow and zucchini squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, okra, bush beans, crowder peas, corn, spinach, mustard greens, a variety of different peppers, eggplant, watermelon, cantaloupe and pumpkins. Happy sunflowers line the edges of the garden.
Green Highlands has undertaken a variety of projects at the institution that promote sustainable lifestyles, including an extensive recycling program for cans, plastic bottles, and newspaper and office paper. There are also recycle stations for batteries, printer cartridges and cellular phones. To get green, contact Devan: firstname.lastname@example.org.