Photographer:Fotograaf: Lisa Dupuy
“The idea was to turn every kind of wasteland-area into an edible garden.” When Iris Kühnlein (a UCM student) saw the secluded garden in the FASoS courtyard, she wrote a proposal wanting to turn it into a community herbal garden. In March, the FASoS board told her to go right ahead. Now, the Town House Garden is a well-loved spot.
“It is funny to see people’s reaction”, says Kühnlein. “At first, students that walked by were going ‘Why is this girl digging in the dirt?’ But now, they come and smell or feel the plants. With a garden people start to look at nature differently; they realize that their food must be grown.”
Creating this awareness has been a major goal of the project. As of yet, few students have gone so far as to actually harvest the herbs for themselves. In the long run, however, it should be possible for students to do so: “Bandito Espresso uses some of our herbs for their soups.”
Having taken care of the garden during the past months, Kühnlein is preparing to start a team of interested students to take over- she will graduate in November and return to her hometown in Brazil. “Even some of the staff are interested in the project. That’s great: students will come and go, but if the staff is enthusiastic, this garden will stay.”
On Thursday, September 20, Iris Kühnlein has organized an information meeting for anyone interested in the herbal garden , at 15.30.