The first word that comes to mind when someone hears winter is not normally garden. But the winter season is valuable for the Sprout Garden.
The Sprout Garden, located on the corner of Drake’s campus at 25th st. and Forest ave., is an educational community garden used to teach kindergarteners through college students about urban gardening and healthy food.
Beyond that, the garden hopes to provide fresh produce, as Drake University is located in a food desert, meaning fresh produce is not easily accessible to the community.
Although the beds have been turned and the produced picked, winter is a time for the garden to prepare for next season.
“Winter is the time to apply for grants because the Sprout Garden doesn‘t really have a continuous source of fundin
g,” Sprout Garden Coordinator Lindsay Finnell said. “The way our budget works is what we have is what we. And then once it is gone, we have to get more, which the way we do that is through grants, which has been really successful so far.”
A major partner of the Sprout Garden is the Boys and Girls Club, which hopes to connect the community with Drake University. The partnership continues into the cold weather. The partnership will strengthen, as Drake University plans to build a Boys and Girls Club on the campus.
“This is really important because it gets students on Drake’s campus, a little bit off of Drake’s campus, and get to see how the world is,” Finnell said. “And people off campus get to interact with us. Even if it is not directly, even if it is just them coming by and picking out some vegetables from the food pantry, it is still an interaction and it good for the community and it is good for Drake as well.”
To learn more about the Sprout Garden, head to their website or contact Lindsay Finnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.