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Jun 22, 2016 Brenda Dawson
Deadline approaching for ‘Pitch-and-Plant’ campus gardening contest

UC Davis student Elise Brockett plants vegetable seedlings at the Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center this spring. A few extra raised beds are waiting for contest winners’ bright ideas. (Brenda Dawson/UC Davis)
Bright ideas and green thumbs are the only prerequisites for a campus gardening contest hosted by the Horticulture Innovation Lab.

At the Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center on campus, a few empty raised garden beds are waiting for some new plants. The “Pitch-and-Plant” gardening contest invites students and community members to help fill those garden beds with interesting plants.

This outdoor site is currently home to vegetable varieties from Africa and Asia, such as spider plant and leafy amaranth. The center also displays agricultural tools that university researchers use with small-scale farmers in developing countries. Visitors are welcome; find the Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center on the campus map.

July 1 is the deadline to make a pitch for what you would like to plant. Send three PowerPoint slides to [email protected]. Winners could be getting their hands dirty with planting as early as July 18. Winners will be responsible for maintaining their creative garden plants (and eating their own harvest too!) for the rest of the summer.

To learn more about how to participate, read this blog post from the Horticulture Innovation Lab.

Brenda Dawson
Horticulture Innovation Lab
530-752- 7992
[email protected]




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