GPC pro­duces har­vest for food pantry

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To­ma­toes, okra and cu­cum­bers, oh my! GPC New­ton math pro­fes­sor Sal­lie Paschal was among fac­ulty and students who worked the gar­dens on the New­ton Cam­pus this sum­mer. In be­tween teach­ing math cour­ses on­line, the math pro­fes­sor “adopted” and worked three gar­den plots, which pro­duced more than 150 pounds of veg­eta­bles and a few water­mel­ons this sum­mer.

Paschal re­cently do­nated the boun­ti­ful har­vest to the Community Food Bank of New­ton and to the Gar­den of Geth­se­mane Shel­ter in Cov­ing­ton. The gar­den, which was launched last spring, is part of the col­lege’s sus­tain­abil­ity and stu­dent en­gage­ment ef­forts.

Paschal is al­ready gear­ing up for fall gar­den­ing and on Fri­day, Sept. 21 and Satur­day, Sept. 22, there will be a stu­dent work­day on the New­ton Cam­pus to mulch and amend gar­den plots for plant­ing. The fall crop will be red and green let­tuce, ro­maine, Swiss chard, col­lards and arugula, among other fall veg­gies, Paschal said. She is among other GPC New­ton fac­ulty and students who have gar­dened over the sum­mer, with an eye to­ward do­nat­ing their har­vest to needy groups.

Sal­lie Paschal, along with fac­ulty and students, worked in gar­dens this sum­mer to pro­duce food for the needy.

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