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Houseplant sale to benefit Communiversity Gardens and biology greenhouses

February 10, 2017

The NIU Communiversity Gardens team is gearing up for another growing season to help provide fresh produce to local food pantries and NIU’s own Huskie Food Pantry. NIU students, faculty and staff can help by participating in an indoor houseplant sale Feb. 13 and 14.

Valentine’s Day is a perfect occasion to treat our loved ones with an indoor plant that will last much longer than regular cut flowers. The sale will take place at the Holmes Student Center from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14. Several varieties of indoor plants grown at the NIU Biology Greenhouse will be available, such as purple spiderwort, jade, creeping fig, lemon vine and much more.

All proceeds will be split with the NIU Communiversity gardens and the NIU Biology Department to support the greenhouse and the coming growing season.

NIU Communiveristy Gardens have been partnering with the DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) for the past three years to increase awareness about sustainable farming practices and locally grown foods, to help alleviate the struggles associated with food deserts within our community, to encourage environmental awareness and to provide opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections.

Students and community members are invited to volunteer, take classes and receive fresh-grown produce. The continued volunteer opportunities allow the gardens to preserve the positive impact that they have on the surrounding communities in DeKalb County.

If you have questions about the fundraiser, e-mail the co-managers of the Communiversity Gardens, Melissa Burlingame and Michaela Holtz, at [email protected]. Follow the NIU Communiveristy Garden’s Facebook page to receive information about future events and fundraisers.