MISSOULA – Thanks to the Class of 2014, the University of Montana soon will have a new and improved way to handle produce from its garden. The senior class raised $3,200 this spring to buy a garden wash station for the University’s Farm to College Program.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to build something that will benefit students for years to come,” said Molly Adamson, co-chair of the Senior Class Gift Campaign. “I want to thank the 170 seniors who gave back to UM during this year's campaign.”
The new produce wash station will be installed at the UM Dining Garden on campus. Farm to College agreed to match the seniors’ donation to ensure the wash station is installed as soon as possible.
“We currently have no facility for hand washing and sanitation in the garden,” said Natasha Hegmann, manager of the UM Dining Garden. “This wash station will help UM Dining Garden staff and interns learn about and comply with food safety guidelines and will make it easier for us to serve fresh, healthy food on campus.”
The Senior Class Gift Campaign, run by student volunteers and the UM Foundation, is intended to educate students about the importance of philanthropy. The goal is participation, and the end result – a gift for the University community – inspires future students to give back as well.
Farm to College has been a popular program of support in recent years; past seniors have funded solar panels and a greenhouse. Other past gifts have included a campus map on Mount Sentinel, trees on the Oval and a new bike rack outside The Payne Family Native American Center.