The students of Monmouth College’s Garden House were among five winners of the 2013 Radish Awards, which are presented by the Quad Cities-based Radish magazine, which serves as “a guide to improving … health through the natural foods, products and services of western Illinois and eastern Iowa.”
In October, the magazine asked readers to nominate individuals and organizations making a positive difference in local foods or agriculture, the environment or local communities. The other Radish Award winners, all based in Iowa, included a garden educator, a Catholic Worker farm, a conservation board and a waste commission.
The magazine’s article about the Garden House, titled “Growing Together: A Group of Students Trade Dorm Life for a Garden Plot,” featured interviews with the students, including Kaitlyn Pfau, a junior from Naperville.
“It’s about food – where it comes from and how it tastes,” she said of the work that she and the other students have put into the college’s half-acre Educational Garden.
The article continued: “These students have traded dorm life and cafeteria meal plans for the chance to live in the house and off the garden’s harvest throughout the school year.”
Dean of the faculty David Timmerman believes the students are not only winners in the eyes of the magazine.
“Student work in our Educational Garden exemplifies the best virtues of the liberal arts approach to education,” he said. “They are focused on a good much bigger than themselves – in this case, in environmentally sustainable agricultural practices. In addition, students and professors work together, both fully engaged in complex problem solving and the bringing together of multiple disciplines for the task. It is fully integrated learning.”