Anthropology and Sociology Professor Petra Kuppinger has created an edible classroom for her Anthropology of Food class. Students planted and are currently growing various vegetables and other plants in room 114 of Wallace Hall. Also a cart of fresh vegetables consisting of radishes, hot peppers, spinach, lettuce, carrots, sprouts, flowers, and other greens can be found in the room.
According to Kuppinger, while learning about sustainability and reliance on grocery stores students realize just how much you could grow yourself with a little effort even if you live in an apartment or a house without a yard.
“It’s easy to grow stuff inside, and it’s fun,” Kuppinger said. “You can grow a tiny tiny bit of your food from inside your windowsill, and it’s nice to know we’re not totally dependent on buying everything, even if it’s just a little bit of parsley.”
Kuppinger says you can vertically farm from your window, you can grow your own green onions, lettuce, and any other plant if you save the bulb and plant it with some nutrient-rich soil and water it as needed. The edible classroom’s inside garden is doing much better than Kuppinger expected and is growing quickly.
Ali Vorhies – Features Editor