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Boston: New rooftop farm showcases Brandeis University’s green thumb

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Renovated outdoor space offers environmental benefits

By Julian Cardillo ’14
Brandeis Now
July 2, 2015


Brandeis’ care for the environment has sprouted another set of roots on campus: a 2,000-square-foot roof farm atop the Shapiro Science Center’s Leo Gerstenzang Science Library, constructed with a $30,000 grant from the university’s Sustainability Fund.

Fruits, vegetables and flowers are planted in 1,500 milk crates filled to the brim with soil and watered via a timed drip-irrigation system. The space is maintained by the Brandeis Rooftop Community Farm club. The project and club originated in the hands-on “Greening the Ivory Tower” experiential-learning course taught by Professor Laura Goldin.

“Professor Goldin empowered us to create an initiative that could improve sustainability on campus,” says Allison Marill, a rising junior from Atlanta, Ga., who co-founded the club. “This wasn’t just a class assignment for us. Once we did our research and saw that urban farming is an up-and-coming thing, we became even more passionate about it.”

Students on campus this summer have been maintaining the plants along with staff from Green City Growers, a Boston-based group that encourages and fosters local farming.

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