Step into the world of Bloomington’s local food scene and help maintain the campus garden. Corps members will have the opportunity to meet with local chefs, farmers, and food advocates while helping to strengthen our own campus food system.
Position: Campus GardenCorps Member
Hours: 5-10 hours/week; commitment of at least on semester
Compensation: In addition to free, fresh vegetables, you will gain knowledge and experience about gardening, organization, and leadership. Additionally, you will form important personal and professional connections. Additionally, 1-2 credits of indepenedent study can be made available.
- Co-Lead at least one volunteer workday per month
- Attend one Edible Campus Steering Committee meeting during the semester
- Attend bi-weekly GardenCorps meetings
- Publish one blog post per month
- Develop an independent project under the guidance of the Garden Coordinator and an outside mentor
Current Garden Corps Members
Ellie is a sophomore studying Environmental Management with a Non-Profit Management minor at SPEA. She hopes to finish school with the Accelerated Masters Program and go on to work for the Peac Corps. Ellie's dream is to help developing nations meet their needs in sustainable ways. She has moved several times all over the country and Canada, but has always been at home in nature. Garden Corps allows her to spend her free time amongst her favorite things, and to Ellie there is nothing better than produce ripened on the vine! Ellie hopes to share these feelings with other students and get them as excitied as her about organic farming!
Alicia is a junior Dietetics major at Indiana University. She enjoys cooking and learning about organic gardening, healthy food recipes, and local farming. Alicia is also the Community Outreach Director for IU Ballroom Dance. She helps find opportunities for her club to work with the community, by either teaching free ballroom lessons or providing volunteer services. In Alicia's spare time, she is involved in various types of dancing, including Zumba, Contra dancing, Salsa, and Swing Dancing. Alicia is very excited to be a Garden Corps intern and to apply organic gardening to her profession in the future.
Lei is a junior from China majoring in Finance in the Kelley School of Business with a Public Affairs certificate at SPEA. Her grandparents spent their lives being farmers, but her parents raised her in a city, away from rural life. She has always wanted to go back and experience the life of a farmer, or a "part-time farmer" at least! Garden Corps provides a perfect chance for her to be outside of the classroom and enjoy the gift of nature.
Colleen is a sophomore at IU from the south side of Indianapolis. She has not officially declared a major, but has strong interests in Spanish, Communication, and Culture. Colleen loves learning and experiencing unique adventures. She hopes to travel to foreign lands in her future endeavors. Colleen loves being outside and is eager to gain more knowledge about sustainable living and the rich rewards it provides.
Emma is a senior at Indiana University, majoring in Human Biology. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and reading. Emma loves food and believes that farming and/or gardening would be the natural progression for her passion. Garden Corps, to Emma, is the best way within campus boundaries to get involvd.