Rice University constructs a holistic garden for on-campus dining and education



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“Farmers are some of the most creative people in the world,” Joe Novak says as he slips the blade of his pocketknife into a fold of thin plastic tubing, slicing it into smaller sections that he will shortly transform into a clever, low-cost drip irrigation system that comes together in only a few minutes. A group of volunteers from the Rice community helps assemble the rest of the system that will water a stepped tetrad of raised planting beds that are among the many different beds Novak has installed in new holistic garden on campus.

Joe Novak, left, works with a rotating crew of volunteers in the new Rice holistic garden. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow)Long Description
Joe Novak, left, works with a rotating crew of volunteers in the new Rice holistic garden. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow)

Here in a nearly half-acre site next to the Rice Media Center there are also beds of various heights for people in wheelchairs, vertical wall plantings and rain gutter beds for those without room for a full garden, African keyhole gardens and French intensive gardens to showcase global methods for maximizing productivity in small spaces. Other attractions include an orchard of fig and citrus trees adapted specifically for Houston’s climate, and rows upon rows of traditional beds filled with everything from cucumbers and corn to a half-dozen varieties of basil and 24 different types of tomatoes.

For more: http://news.rice.edu/2018/06/13/rices-new-holistic-garden-aims-to-produce-healthy-food-healthy-people/

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