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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Grant Awarded for Campus Garden

A joint project between the UALR Anthropology Program, the Anthropology Club, the UALR Non-Profit Leadership Organization, and the Central Arkansas New Agrarian Society submitted the winning proposal for a campus garden.

Within a few weeks, ground will be broken on the new garden, which will be located on Fair Park Boulevard near U.S. Pizza. The garden will be constructed on the fenced Worth James property east of Lots 2 and 3 and south of Lot 12 and the parking deck.

The UALR Sustainability Committee issued a call for proposals on March 1 and agreed to invest up to $1,500 for the garden.

The group will create a sustainable organic garden focused on native Arkansas plants indigenous to and suitable for the local climate. Objectives of the garden are to promote local biodiversity, develop low maintenance, local gardening strategies, and to provide a laboratory for educational studies.

“The garden will be available for educational use by all UALR students, faculty, and staff,” said Dr. Nancy Landrum of the Sustainability Committee.

To volunteer to help in the garden or to schedule a visit, send an email to gardenadmin@ualr.edu.

“A public listserv for the garden – campusgarden@ualr.edu – is also available for anyone on campus or in the community who wants to keep up with garden news and information, including volunteer work days, open house days, and so on,” said Landrum.