A garden-fresh adventure

Students learn how to grow a variety of vegetables through a com

When Iowa State students join the Good Earth Student Farm, most expect to learn how to grow a variety of vegetables through this community-supported agriculture program. What they don't always expect is that this club will teach them how to grow so much more -- like friendships, networking relationships, and other skills important to their future.

With opportunities like these, it's no wonder students can't say enough good things about this club. "I've met some of my best friends from working at the farm," said Rachel Tan, senior in agronomy and horticulture. "I would have never had the opportunity to do so if I hadn't taken the chance to step out of my comfort zone."

As much as students get from this opportunity to grow and sell more than 28 different kinds of vegetables, they also get the chance to give back -- specifically by providing healthy produce to members of their Iowa State community. Making a difference is why sophomore in animal science Brandon Bruhn was excited to get involved. "It's important to learn what you can do for your community and what it can do for you," Bruhn said.

Ask anyone at Iowa State -- from undergraduates in horticulture to doctoral students in economics -- and they'll tell you it's not unusual for things to grow here. In fact, with a little hard work and TLC, you can watch your friendships, talents, and understanding of our world grow beyond what you ever thought possible.

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