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Salsa with the Sisters of Mercy

October 16, 2013

By Sydney W., Mount Mercy University student

Mount Mercy University students share their salsa at the Clubs and Organizations Fair.

Mount Mercy University students share their salsa at the Clubs and Organizations Fair.

The Students in Human Resource Management Club (SIHRM) at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA, is thankful to have received a mini-grant from the Sisters of Mercy for a community garden project that took place over the summer. Club members were enthusiastic and we had many ideas running through our heads. We were able to pull them together and devise a beautiful garden that would yield produce to make salsa to serve at the Clubs and Organizations Fair. We kept track of our progress throughout the project and invited the Mount Mercy community to follow along and share any tips and information about their gardening experiences.

This project was powerful because we learned about the importance of how and where our food is produced. We brought in local gardeners and arranged to buy our seeds at Seed Savers, a valuable local resource for non-genetically modified food sources. At Seed Savers, we learned how companies are incorporating the benefits of these food sources related to employee benefits. Many associated benefits for eating healthy, such as reduced healthcare costs and increased employee productivity and well-being, are very important and should not be overlooked.

Fruit picked from the garden, used for salsa.

Fruit picked from the garden and used for salsa.

As Mercy students, we enjoyed learning and sharing knowledge about not only gardening, but the importance of knowing how and where our food is produced. We took pleasure in involving the Mount Mercy community in our journey. This whole project wouldn’t be possible without them. Our community garden inspired each of us to produce vegetables in a garden of our own and reflect on the difference that one garden can make. Seeing the fruits of our labor is an accomplishing feeling. We were thrilled to be able to share two batches of homemade, homegrown salsa with a story behind them – one for the Clubs and Organizations Fair and one for the Sisters of Mercy.

SIHRM students at Mount Mercy University blogged about their gardening experience this summer. Read about their progress and see the fruits of their labor on their blog.

The garden of Mount Mercy University students.

The garden of Mount Mercy University students.

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