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Download the Urban Agriculture Student Worker Application.
Dates: September, 2013- May, 2014
Hours: 15-20 hours/week
Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability is seeking dependable and responsible candidates to help with various urban agriculture-related projects on the Lakeshore campus, including the newly constructed Ecodome located in the IES building. Students will work closely with the Urban Agriculture Coordinator and be responsible for both individual and team-related tasks in association with several features on campus including: Ecodome research/greenhouse space, Ecodome wall gardens, Ecodome aquaponics systems, Winthrop student garden, Quinlan Rooftop garden, and other agriculture and horticulture related projects. IES student workers will also be encouraged to take on an individual project that advances the mission of the IES program and also provides an opportunity for personal growth in a particular field/application. Student applicants enrolled in an IES major will be given first consideration for this position.
Apply now! Urban Agriculture Student Worker Application.
Elevating Our Communities to New Heights
Two gardens on Loyola's campus demonstrate some of the best small-scale urban agriculture techniques from Chicago and the world. This demonstration is intended to educate students, faculty, and staff of the University as well as the greater community.
Currently, all food produced on the gardens are donated to charity, Just a Harvest. Future plans will grow a portion of the food to be served in Loyola's dining halls.
Project Vision: To reform the food system in our community and Chicago through urban agriculture, season extension and educational outreach.
Quinlan Life Sciences Building Balcony Garden
Launched in the spring of 2009, this garden grows an aesthetically pleasing mix of vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Currently there are eleven garden beds built by students and currently managed by students.
Lauched in the fall of 2010, students assisted in the design and development of an unused campus location that is 70 ft. x 100 ft. Today there is a small orchard planted by the student group Growers Guild and twenty raised beds with an array of vegetables and herbs.
- This garden utilizes low tunnel season extension strategies that allow the cultivation of crops beyond their traditional growing season.
- Three-bin and single-bin compost systems to provide necessary nutrients for both gardens.
Students researched the appropriate heirloom seeds and purchase seeds from Seed Savers Exchange. Students established management principles of aesthetics and companion planting, as well as considering the windy conditions and cool temperatures of our lakefront campus. In both of these steps, the students received guidance and advice from mentors, and experts in rooftop gardening, like Helen Cameron owner of Uncommon Ground Restaurant.
- Learned to overcome the challenges of growing food in three Midwest growing seasons in two different landscapes: a rooftop and ground-level campus lot
- Created long and short term vision for the Quinlan and Winthrop beds
- Practiced season extension techniques by planting seeds in a greenhouse and transferring seedlings outdoors