Marian University was recently awarded a grant from the International Paper (IP) Foundation that will assist with water conservation efforts at the new Sabre community garden.
The Sabre garden features six 40-foot long raised-mound beds and a greenhouse. The IP Foundation grant supports improvements to the current plot, and will include the installation of a more conveniently-located water source that will allow for drip irrigation system. In addition, the grant funds will provide the opportunity to build additional raised-bed gardens and composting bins, as well as employ a student intern to manage the garden.
The goal of the Sabre garden is to teach students how to grow food using sustainable organic techniques, while providing healthy, fresh food to those in need in the community. Organic techniques are taught through incorporating the Sabre garden into coursework, fulfilling service requirements for the TRiO/SSS and Working Families Grant programs and involving university clubs. In addition, participants in Marian’s Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program worked in the garden throughout their summer session.
All food grown in the Sabre garden is currently being donated to the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Fond du Lac, which provides services to more than 1,000 individuals in the local area.
International Paper Foundation provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations in their effort to support two primary focus areas: environmental education and literacy. International Paper has been and continues to be one of the most environmentally responsible companies in the world.