Carol Ford is good at imagining a brighter future. Even more importantly, Ford is good at taking steps to make that vision a reality. Whether writing a “hero’s tale” modern novel, creating a winter Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project, or building one of the first Deep Winter Greenhouses (DWG), Ford is an innovator.
Across the state of Minnesota, University of Minnesota students serve communities and make connections between hands-on community-based projects and their own academic pursuits. As part of the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships’ (RSDP) mission to connect community needs with University resources, students’ energy, passion, and burgeoning skill sets provide fuel for many RSDP projects.
A team of University students led by Louis Mielke, through the club Students for Sustainability, created the West Bank Community Garden right in the heart of the urban West Bank campus. In addition to local, healthy food, the garden provides educational opportunities, pollinator habitat and connections to a broader partnership throughout the area.