Senior Students Plant Fruit Trees For Future Generations

Seniors Chynna Roberts(L) and Kristin Kliemt planting the first tree at the Field Station
Seniors Chynna Roberts(L) and Kristin Kliemt planting the first tree at the Field Station

The outdoor Earth Day dinner planned by the SGA for last Tuesday, April 22 had to be moved indoors because of rain, and a tree planting scheduled for 6 p.m. was canceled when the threat of lightning appeared in the forecast.

Earlier in the afternoon, a few seniors were preparing the soil for planting the fruit trees. When the sky unexpectedly cleared around 5 p.m., with no signs of a thunderstorm building up, the tree planting took place with a smaller audience, but to the benefit of a row of apple and peach trees that now mark the edge of the Bioscience Field Station (BSFS) at the campus greenhouse. The event was part of a project funded by a Presidential Opportunity Grant, worked jointly by Profs. Jessi Shrout and Rudi Kiefer. Half a dozen plant beds have already been built with the intent of making an “edible garden” that will serve as a teaching and research resource, as well as producing food in the near future. Future class years will be able to see peaches and apples produced right here on campus.

With the weather remaining stable, the seniors seeded two large raised beds with zinnias, marigolds, and other ornamental flowers. As the BSFS project continues, there will be more plantings of trees and shrubs to develop a landscape layout designed by Prof. Teri Nye.

To learn more about the BSFS project, contact Jessi Shrout, Assistant Professor of Biology and Lab Director (jshrout@brenau.edu), Dr. Rudi Kiefer, Professor of Phys. Science and Director of Sustainability (rkiefer@brenau.edu), or Teri Nye, Assistant Professor of Biology (tnye@brenau.edu).