Earth Day 2014: Planting the Affinity Gardens
April 22, 2014, Earth Day, saw the spring planting of ONU’s Affinity Gardens, a new project aimed at sustainability and locally-grown produce. Ten 4X10-foot raised beds will produce peppers, onions, lettuce, squash, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, radishes and other vegetables for the Ada Food Pantry and Ada ReStore as well as the gardeners.
Located in ONU’s Affinity Village, planting and maintenance of the gardens is being done by volunteer sponsors. ONU's Sodexo food service is sponsoring one bed. Other sponsors include residents and organizations in Affinity Village, faculty members, local Girl Scouts, Little League players and community groups.
Materials for the raised beds were donated by Crouse Lumber of Lima and Root Lumber of Kenton. The project is led by ONU First Lady Chris Burns-DiBiasio, Director of Sustainability Terry Keiser, Director of Facilities Marc Staley and Director of Residence Life Justin Courtney.