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N.J. Colleges Plant Rooftop Organic Gardens To Provide Healthy Cafeteria Fare

September 19, 2010: 08:01 PM EST

Students at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark are using the rooftop of the student center to organically cultivate a dozen different vegetables. Harvested food is then taken three floors below and used by a campus chef to prepare meals in the dining hall. Students plan to transform the large roof of the center into a mini-farm that will supply organically grown produce for the 9,000-student university. NJIT joins several other New Jersey colleges and universities experimenting with organic produce cultivation. Besides providing healthy veggies, the mini-farms also serve as a living classroom for the study of organic gardening science. But despite the promise of healthier cafeteria fare, some students worry what Newark’s air is doing to the veggies, organically grown or not.

Kelly Heyboer, "Rooftop garden at NJIT student center encourages students to eat organic", The Star-Ledger, September 19, 2010, © New Jersey On-Line LLC
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