A Veggie Tale…

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MALTA – The Kishwaukee College Sustainable Horticulture class donated bushels of fresh vegetables to a local food pantry. The Sustainable Hort classes are offered in spring, summer and fall. Students get a hands-on experience with the campus vegetable garden, beehives, and bluebird nesting boxes. The vegetable harvest is donated to local charities with this year’s bounty going to N.I.C.E., a 15-church multi-denomination consortium located in Lee. The group’s food pantry is open on Saturdays from 8:15 to 11 a.m. and serves 30-50 area families per week. For more information on N.I.C.E. visit http://www.watermanumc.org/nice-center.html. Pictured with a sampling of the fresh veggies, left to right, are, Rich Alde, horticulture faculty; Kim Rotella of Shabbona, horticulture student; and Brian Byro, Malta, N.I.C.E. board member. The HORT 188 Sustainable Gardening III class will meet in Fall 2017 on Thursdays from 2-3:40 p.m. from Aug. 24 to Oct. 13 and will cover harvest and overwintering. For more information on enrollment, contact the Student Services Office at (815) 825-9375 or visit www.kish.edu. Registration is currently in progress. (Photo contributed)