Urban garden takes root

Campus community plot gives Tigers a hands-on learning opportunity.

women working in a garden

May 16, 2022

Members of the University of Missouri community are gaining a new appreciation of farm-to-table logistics thanks to an urban garden that has taken root behind the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center (GOBCC).

The urban garden is the brainchild of Mizzou junior Isaiah Massey. An agriculture major, Massey is president of the Mizzou chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).

“[Gardening’s] something that to me is a staple,” Massey said. “Not only do you learn new skills, but you also get produce or flowers out of it.”

Volunteers constructed the garden March 13 during Grow for the Soul, a service event under the direction of MANRRS and the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, a local non-profit.

“I hope it inspires students to really start their own projects,” Massey said. “If there’s an idea or something that you want to do, you can execute it, and it’s very possible to do.”

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