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The University of Arizona Community Garden holds ‘Stories in the Garden’ event

Monday, February 20, 2017 6:08
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Stories in the Garden incorporates food and inspired dialogue in the UA Community Garden. Dialogue can consist of poems, songs and stories from audience members related to a specific theme.

By Marissa Heffernan
The Daily Wildcat
Feb 14, 2017


The crowd sat on an eclectic mashup of chairs and blanket-draped hay bales, sharing snacks they had brought along with cauliflower and carrots harvested from the garden earlier in the evening.

Jackie Mendelson, UA Community Garden manager and plant sciences senior, said the event series started in fall 2015 when one of the community garden students suggested a potluck-style event.

“We do this to bring together this awesome community that might not otherwise get to meet up in a safe beautiful space where we can share things,” Mendelson said.

That community was demonstrated moments later, when Megan McKay, a natural resource senior, realized she didn’t have a capo, a clamp to change keys, for her guitar. Immediately, the crowd passed up multiple hair ties and a few pencils in order to improvise one, allowing McKay to perform her song.

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