With supplies ordered and permits in hand, the Florida Tech Community Garden officially broke ground on January 9th with a ceremony attended by students, staff and faculty involved in the project.
Daniel Sutton, the university’s sustainability officer, says his vision for the garden is that it serve as the first step forward in an overall initiative called an SLLC (Sustainable Living Learning Community). The initial primary users of the garden will be members of Residence Life seeking to learn more about sustainable gardening. Currently about half of the garden is designated purely for student use. As the initiative progresses, Sutton says the idea is to rent out different gardening plots to anyone who lives/works on campus.
The students involved have cultivated a list of plants and their growing cycles specific to Florida to better help with a successful harvest. Sutton says the amount of research they’ve completed has been instrumental in getting the project off of the ground.
The community garden will have its official grand opening ceremony on Feb. 17th at 4 p.m.