Students contribute time, energy to Cullowhee Community Garden

These WCU student volunteers got their hands dirty recently while volunteering at the Cullowhee Community Garden.

Western Carolina University students recently contributed their time and energy to the Cullowhee Community Garden and other initiatives as WCU’s Center for Serving Learning observed “Make A Difference Week.”

Seventeen students worked at the garden, located on South Painter Road, by clearing weeds and distributing more than 75 wheelbarrow loads of mulch. Cullowhee Community Garden is a donation-based garden where fresh produce is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Plots can be adopted for free, and half the produce grown in each plot is donated to help feed people in need in Jackson County.

“Make A Difference Week” activities began Tuesday, Oct. 24, and continued through Saturday, Oct. 28.

During the week, WCU students also had an opportunity to donate their time to the Sylva Garden, Whee Market and Cullowhee clean-up, Adopt-A-Highway clean-up, WCU’s Adventure Education Conference, the Cullowhee United Methodist Church haunted house, a Smoky Mountain work day and a WCU football game concession stand.