Having a green thumb isn’t a requirement, but it sure comes in handy if you’re a member of the Iowa State Student Dietetic Association. That’s because this student group has adopted an on-campus garden plot to grow fruits and vegetables this summer. And it’s all for a good cause — Food at First, a program that provides free meals for Ames community members.
Rebecca Jardon, senior in dietetics and co-president of the Student Dietetic Association, is leading the project, along with fellow dietetics students. “We’re really excited to do something different — a healthy, sustainable service-oriented project,” Jardon said. “And we might learn more about gardening in the process.”
Food at First is always in need of fresh produce, so the students have planted broccoli, lettuce, watermelon, and more. “We’re not sure if any of us are good gardeners, but we have a horticulture graduate student helping us out,” Jardon said. And they’re feeling great about giving back to their community while getting to hang out and have fun getting their hands dirty.
No matter what you’re passionate about — from dietetics to design — there’s a group for you at Iowa State. After all, we have more than 800 clubs and organizations on campus for you to choose from when you’re on your college adventure. All you have to do is pick a group and watch your interests grow.
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