Posts Tagged With: Community Gardens

Where Did Your Food Come From?

Ten WJU students  have chosen to spend their Spring Break participating in the Food Justice Immersion Trip. They enjoyed exploring backyard gardening, urban farming and industrial agriculture in the Ohio  Valley. These students experienced milking cows, building compost piles and planting seeds. They learned the importance of nutrient cycling by planting gardens in vacant lots in neighborhoods in Wheeling, WV. The Food Justice Immersion Trip has taught students about the problems and opportunities of our food system in the 21st century. Community gardening, food co-ops, faith-based food initiatives, regional food hubs are some healthy alternatives to supermarket food that cost a fortune. “This experience was not only fun but informative as well. I am glad that through this trip I have made an impact in the Wheeling community.” says Rachel Enders ‘16.

 

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Return of the Summer Immersion Trips

School’s out for summer!  We hope everyone is  enjoying their break as a chance to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with your home communities.  It certainly is quiet around the WJU campus.  We recently celebrated  the safe return of two immersion trips.  Our Sophomore Arrupe Service Scholars were in Mingo County, WV learning and serving in a beautiful region of rural Appalachia.  They performed farm chores with the Sisters at Big Laurel Ecology Center and helped at a kid’s camp.  The Junior Arrupe Scholars found themselves in the opposite environment of urban Camden, NJ where they volunteered through the Romero Center as well as simulated what it’s like to live as a working poor person in a major city.  We hope you enjoyed our postcard!

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Immersed in East Wheeling

The end of the semester means the beginning of immersion trips for the Arrupe Scholars.  Last week    the First Year students participated on a local “in”mersion to East Wheeling.  They learned about community, identity and growth by working with six great organizations, including Laughlin Memorial Chapel, The Catholic Neighborhood Center, Appalachian Outreach, King’s Daughters Child Care Center, The Mother Jones House and The East Wheeling Community Gardens.  Check out the trip pictures at facebook.com/SsacAtWju to see the work that got done and the people they met along the way.  We hope more students will take the opportunity to serve in and explore this great part of Wheeling!

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