Wake Forest University Campus Garden


Chasing Ignorance
July 24, 2012, 2:28 pm
Filed under: Summer Intern

I was raised in a very (stereo)typical, suburban American household. We lived in a development plotted with 1960’s-style brick ranches and split levels. Lawns were manicured and bordered with shrubbery. There were two cars in every garage, and food came from the grocery store, usually wrapped, boxed, and ready to eat. It wasn’t until last summer, at the age of 28, that I started to wonder how food is grown and produced.
I don’t know how I came to the realization that I was entirely dependent upon grocery stores (and a car to get me there) for all my nutritional needs. That’s the nature of ignorance; it’s reclusive, elusive, and not easily recognized. For some reason, though, I became acutely aware of my grocery store dependency and agricultural naiveté.

I got into gardening, so I tell people, by chasing my ignorance. I had never grown something from seed, so I went to the big box hardware store, purchased a few random packets of seed, and took my first steps into the dark void in my brain that should have contained some sort of knowledge about how to feed myself.

It has been one year since I wasted those seeds. I am proud to say that I now have a more serviceable understanding of seed germination. With a little help from local gardeners and a summer internship here at the Wake Forest Campus Garden, I am well on my way to growing my own food. Moreover, I am getting the chance to help other people chase down their own elusive ignorance and begin a lifelong journey of learning and growing.

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If you are a Wake Forest undergraduate or graduate student and have an interest in helping the University in its efforts toward developing a more sustainable campus, please consider volunteering with the Office of Sustainability  or applying for an internship.

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