Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Westerman Campus Garden 

Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) has built its first on-campus community garden at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Surrey Campus. The sixteen-plot Westerman Campus Garden uses Shifting Growth’s unique raised pallet garden bed system. The garden is named in dedication to the Westerman Family who were agriculturalists, gardeners and supporters of education in Surrey.

The Kwantlen Student Association is a non-profit organization that works on-campus at KPU. The KSA provides unique services and events for students during their studies. A campus garden is a well-received addition to the Surrey Campus. The garden will enable students, clubs, departments, staff and faculty to participate in and enjoy the benefits of gardening. The garden is the outcome of a partnership with KPU to support this project and create gardening space on-campus.

 

“The Campus Garden is an opportunity for students to grow their own food and experience the health benefits of gardening,” says KSA President Allison Gonzalez. “For busy university students, gardening reduces stress, and creates a supportive network on campus.” The garden is the newest project in the KSA’s on-going work to provide unique on-campus activities for students. Eric Wirsching, a former Executive at the KSA who helped initiate the project and will be one of the first gardeners, is “so excited to see this project come to fruition.”

Garden plots are available for 2015 growing season. For more information on getting involved, please contact garden@kusa.ca.