Honors Biology Students Prepare a Community Garden for Local Refugees
As part of a PBL experience, honors biology students were tasked with helping local refugees create a community garden. Students were asked to focus their attention on a specific garden pest (slugs, cats, cucumber beetles, etc.) and create a humane and environmentally safe way to keep these pests at bay. Students researched their pests, contacted local agencies for donations and then helped with the overall construction and deployment of these pest controlling methods.
As part of partnership between Rise (Empowerment) Refugee Resettlement and Cornell Cooperative Extension, refugees will learn how to properly garden, utilize the foods grown and sell them at local markets. For a small group of gardening enthusiasts, small plots of land will be provided (in the future) for their own farming purposes.
This was a tremendous experience for our students and one that will have an impact on the Syracuse community for years to come.