Students planted seeds this summer for "Lobo Gardens," a collaboration among the University of New Mexico's Research Service Learning Program, the Office of Sustainability, Sustainability Studies, University Studies and the Office of Community Health, originally set as a one-time class that has bloomed into a perennial UNM course.

Students roto-tilled, added compost and watered nutrient devoid and sun-parched soil in two student-designed gardens, one in the Hokona courtyard, the other in Real Estate Development's (RED) backyard. The garden at RED is the larger of the two, and now has two six by 50-foot terraces (one already planted with a variety of vegetables) and residents at Hokona will have access this fall to a variety of culinary and medicinal herbs as well.

"In these classes, students academically and experientially learn about the intersections of environmental, social and cultural change," said Tema Milstein, the Communication and Journalism professor who taught the summer course. "In creating the gardens and real opportunities for both community-building and healthy organic food on campus, students also become empowered as those who create change."

The course, which will be offered fall, spring and summer, will involve the active collaboration of engaged students, UNM faculty and community faculty. Some learning in the classes happens off campus in area community gardens and farms. Students in future Lobo Gardens courses will nurture the RED and Hokona gardens, create additional gardens on campus and work with Albuquerque neighborhoods to start more urban community gardens.

Visit Lobo Gardens on UNM Facebook and watch the gardens grow.

For more information, contact: RSLP's Dan Young at (505) 277-3355;