By: Iesha Marshall
Seth Guest is the education and outreach coordinator who teach classes in the community garden for students about eating more nutritiously by growing their own food.
“It's also just a source of fresh produce that they can grow instead of paying money just exchange their time and effort,” Said Guest. Guest says the garden serves as an educational and practical purpose for students. “Students get hands on in the food system growing from the ground up. They get to know what kind of labor is involved and how to grow things with better intentions," said Guest.
Students grow a variety of fresh foods like tomatoes and eggplants in the garden.
Herbs and spices are grown inside the greenhouse.
Matthew Drennan works in the greenhouse. He comes from a family of gardeners himself. “My grandfather had a garden back at home in Chapin and he raised me up that way,” said Drennen.
Drennen says he chose to work in the garden because he enjoys spending time with other gardeners and watching things grow.
Drennen looks up to Guest because of his knowledge of plants and gardening.
Guest says students can eat more nutritiously by growing foods close to home.
"Eating your own food take as much away from the industrial food system that's not sustainable," said Guest.
The garden is located behind the Green Quad and Seth hopes the idea of community gardens expand to more parts of the USC campus.