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Student-run garden provides vegetables for cafeteria

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

From the garden to the cafeteria, Wartburg College students are learning how to garden while providing locally grown food to students.

"Right now, we are harvesting basil," Michael Stevenson, student gardener, said.

Stevenson knows what he is doing in this garden will benefit someone else's stomach on Wartburg's campus.

This is the second year of the Wartburg Garden and already students can see their progress in the cafeteria.

"Eleven hundred pounds of food is a lot," Stevenson said.

That's how much tomatoes, cucumbers, and other produce is going from the garden to Wartburg Dining Services. It's all grown organically.

"So we don't use herbicides or pesticides. We compost, so our soil is really rich with nutrients. It's nice to know we are giving high quality food to individuals on campus."

The garden was started through a grant. Students wanted to see more locally grown foods in the dining services.

This food is not just helping the cafeteria.

"It's really just relaxing," Stevenson said.

Working in the garden is also a good study break.

"I actually enjoy weeding. Most people hate weeding, but that's one of my favorite things to do. I think it's a real good stress reliever," Stevenson said.

Because dining services serves so many, student gardeners have planted less variety of plants in hopes of getting more of one item.

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