Students and Volunteers Revive Islander Gardens with Garden Build Event

Published: September 18, 2015

Students and Volunteers Revive Islander Gardens with Garden Build Event

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander Gardens now has raised garden boxes and walkways after students, staff and community volunteers joined Islander Green: Stewards of the Environment for a Garden Build on Saturday, Sept. 12 on campus. The students represented numerous organizations including the Islanders baseball team, Kappa Delta Chi, the Student Veterans Organization, and Islander Green.

During the work day, the group built 16 raised garden boxes and walkways. They spread mulch and poured dirt, and even planted some donated winter plants from GROW Local South Texas, a local non-profit that has a community garden and coordinates the Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers’ Market.

The Islander Gardens started as a project last year and is a work in progress. The gardens are located at the end of Island Boulevard, off of the first campus entrance.

“I love the sense of community that this brings,” said Ana Salamanca, an Environmental Science major and member of Islander Green. “I can’t wait to come to more events like this where people can come together to do something good for our community.”

Islander Green is a campus organization that was developed to promote and publicize sustainable environmental initiatives on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Adam Lafreniere, an Environmental Science major, joined Islander Green for the first time Saturday.

“These kinds of things are right up my alley and give me an opportunity to use my skills to better serve the environment,” he said. “There is so much potential out here and we should do every little thing we can to improve our community.”