St. Rose’s Garden, Practicum

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St. Roses Garden, is a recent development here at Fordham University, at Rose Hill. Rose Hill, the Bronx campus, his home to 85 square acres of green space. Situated on the southeastern corner of Southern Boulevard and East Fordham road is a newly reinvigorated plot of land on

the Rose Hill campus, St. Rose’s Garden. St. Rose’s Garden is an organic miniature farm with 8 raised beds designed to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables. It will serve as an outdoor laboratory, classroom, and social space for all students/volunteers.

Organic farms such as St. Rose’s Garden are becoming a common place amongst universities, like Clemson. At Clemson University, a farm: Organic Farm Project, was started in 2001 and currently uses 15 acres of land; and OFP is dedicated to similar purposes like Saint Rose’s Garden here at Fordham, to teach and provide research.

Both organic gardens grow tons of varieties of vegetables and fruit. However, these two gardens are not enough to feed an entire community like Clemson or Fordham. Therefore, a CSA is created in partnership with that community to provide organic fruits and vegetables to the community.

What is a CSA you ask? Well, a CSA is community supported agriculture. Here at Fordham, we are doing a CSA, together with St. Roses and Norwich Meadows Farms. For the mere price of 16 dollars a week one would get a share of the CSA. This share consists of a delivery of 6-8 lbs of vegetables/fruits per week for 10 straight weeks from mid-September to mid-November. CSAs are becoming quite popular here in the states, in fact:

“the first year there were any CSA farms listed in the state’s Minnesota Grown Directory was in 1996, Hugunin said. That grew to more than 20 by 2008 and this year, there are 87 CSA farms in the directory”.

CSA popularity around the nation is booming, it is quickly becoming a top choice amongst consumers who want farm fresh produce. Produce, as well as agriculture, is once again becoming popular within our society, and is building its importance. We no longer need just produce but fresh/organic produce.

However, there still is one major problem: transportation. Transportation of these organic goods produce externalities. Externalities are costs which remain unaccounted for in the price of a product. For example, the delivery truck’s green house gas emissions, and its degradation of the environment, are not factored into the final market price of the delivered produce. If the price reflected these environmental damages the prices may sky-rocket; thus consumers may not buy the products which would leave wholesalers with large quantities of produce leftover. Then, how do we eliminate these environmental externalities without angering consumers?

There could be many different solutions to this particular problem, which mostly involve moving agriculture closure to the urban areas. This idea is feasible. However, this idea does show how agriculture has changed since its inceptions. This can be connected to the idea of agrarian philosophy and environmental ethics. According to the dictionary, agrarian as an adjective means, “of or relating to cultivated land or the cultivation of the land”.

Basically, agrarian beliefs stresses the role of nature, climate, soil on how one forms his or her moral character; or, our environment shapes our very own moral behavior/beliefs. Our daily lives is shaped by nature, even in cities such as New York, and hopefully our morals will change and allow this problem to become solved. 

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