Warm weather is coming, and spring is blooming. As the summer approaches, Loras students are preparing the Tom Blacklock Memorial Garden for fresh fruits and vegetables. This is a communal garden filled with rich vegetables that offers free produce during the spring summer and fall.
The community garden is named after Tom Blacklock, a 2014 graduate of Loras. After the Social Action Trip to Washington, D.C., during his Spring Break, Tom began initiatives to jumpstart the steps to grow a Loras vegetable garden. Tragically, he died the summer after his graduation.
His family recognized his love and passion for nature, so they gave money to further advance Tom’s dreams of having a Loras community garden. The Garden is now located between the Science Hall and Hennessy for anyone to enjoy, no permission needed to weed, harvest or enjoy the garden. Last year, Allison Klimesh gathered the produce during the summer, and this year Louisa Pavlik takes on the initiative.
“It builds a community and cultivates an appreciation for the food people put on their plates,” Pavlik said. She gardens because she wishes to eat locally so she can reduce her carbon footprint. She didn’t grow up on a farm and feels cheated out of the process.
“It is a gift to be able to see where the food comes from.”
Pavlik wants to encourage people to enjoy the food and help out during the summer. She is still looking for a few people to sign up for time periods to attend and pick the produce. If you are interested, please e-mail her at Louisa.firstname.lastname@example.org. She also wishes to invite people to a Harvest Festival where they will plant the warm weather vegetables. The event will take place on Thursday, May 12, and afterwards they will move to the Grotto for snacks and music making.