CSU, Chico News

Gateway Science Museum Welcomes Public to New Sustainability Gardens

Date: 10-18-2011

Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director
(530) 898-4121, rteasdale@csuchico.edu
Cheyenne King, Marketing Intern
(209) 277-5588, cking25@mail.csuchico.edu
Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director
(530) 898-4143

The Gateway Science Museum is hosting an “open gardens” event Oct. 22, 2011, noon-4 p.m. to introduce the Sustainability Gardens project and celebrate the gardens’ educational future. The event will feature family activities, refreshments and plenty of garden fun for all. Musician and alum Matthew Clough will provide live music, and artist Amber Palmer, an alum, is in charge of an art activity with a garden-themed drawing and stamping art project for children. She and local artist Carol Preble-Miles will have their garden-themed art on view.

Over the past few months, Abby Roche, student director of Gateway Science Museum Sustainability Gardens and a community nutrition assistant for the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP), has planned, planted, tended, harvested and replanted four unique raised demonstration vegetable beds. Using sustainable gardening practices and techniques including the raised beds, low-water drip irrigation, composting, integrated pest management and companion planting, Roche is steering the Gateway Gardens toward being a teaching destination for nutrition advocates, gardeners and foodies alike.

For more information or to get involved in the edible gardens, contact Abby Roche at 530-898-5323 or aroche2@mail.csuchico.edu.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday–Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and is located at 625 Esplanade in Chico. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org or check out our Facebook page.