Geography Club to map student Village gardens

The East and West Village gardens are the biggest on the U's campus. The gardens are pesticide and chemical-fertilizer free, and residents have been making an effort to use more compost in their gardening.  They received a $5000 grant recently, which is being used to hire someone to lead the compost efforts.  It has been noted that the land distribution has been uneven.  Some gardeners would have large plots in the sun, while others would have small plots in areas that made gardening difficult.

The students wondered what the right solution would be.  Tim Edgar, one of our Geography PhD students who had a plot in the garden last year, suggested asking the Geography Club to map the East Village gardens.  The Club had done other mapping projects, i.e. mapping invasive species behind the Natural History Museum and mapping backyard gardens using air photos to get an idea of gardening in Salt Lake.  Tim thought this project was a perfect match.

The Geography Club will gather at the gardens this Saturday to make a comprehensive, ergonomic map for the residents of the village.  This precise map will give the East Village residents an easily-repeatable, equitable, composting-ready garden layout plan.  It is hoped this will lead to a system where one map can show the plots, pathways, trees located within the garden, and even locations where gardeners can reach water sources. 

The project will combine extending service to the U community with mapping skill experience for our students. Win/win!