Uganda Service Learning School Garden Program Receives Team Award

The Team Award was presented to an interdisciplinary team dedicated to building the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Service Learning, School Garden Program in Uganda.

For the past 14 years, the service-learning program has provided educational opportunities to more than 300 university students. ISU students live and work together in rural Uganda, alongside students from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The school garden program, which annually benefits more than 3,000 children, is centered on teaching agricultural skills to youth while contributing to a school lunch program and working with area small-landholder farmers. 

The Iowa State team includes from left in back row: 

Lee Burras, agronomy professor; Dorothy Masinde, associate teaching professor in global resource systems; Richard Schultz, University Professor in natural resources ecology and management;  Julie Blanchong, associate professor in natural resources ecology and management; and Kevin Duerfeldt, assistant teaching professor in global resource systems.

Front row from left: 

Catherine Swoboda, assistant teaching professor in horticulture; Gail Nonnecke, University Professor and Morrill Professor in horticulture; Shelley Taylor, director of global programs; and Tom Brumm, associate professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering.