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FAU’s Mission Green Student Organization Plants Local Community Garden
Produce Grown to be Donated to Boca Raton Food Bank

            BOCA RATON, FL (February 22, 2011) -  Florida Atlantic University’s Mission Green Student Organization is in the process of planting an organic community garden located in Boca Raton’s historic Pearl City district. Half of the produce grown in the garden will be donated to Boca Helping Hands, a non-profit organization that provides food to the poor, elderly and disabled. The garden is sponsored by FAU’s Student Government. 

“Mission Green is very excited for the opportunity to demonstrate its enthusiasm for organic gardening and promoting a healthier lifestyle,” said Samantha Koempel, president of Mission Green. “We were very lucky to have the chance to occupy two beds at the Pearl City Community Garden, and we are happy to donate the produce to a worthy cause.”

More than 30 of Mission Green’s members worked to clear and prepare two raised beds for the community garden, which contains herbs and vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, cabbage, collard greens, cilantro, parsley, basil and sage.  Members also helped to redesign the watering system of the garden, and shared their experiences growing organic gardens at their homes to assist in the creation of this one. 

“These types of activities bring the community together,” said James S. Gavrilos, executive director of Boca Helping Hands. “More importantly, this is an excellent way to get fresh produce into the hands of people who desperately need it.  Boca Helping Hands is thrilled to be a recipient of this program’s success.”

            The goal of the Mission Green Student Association at FAU is to create a culture of sustainability at the University, in which the entire FAU community is aware of, involved with and committed to advancing sustainability through education, operations and community engagement.

For more information, contact Samantha Koempel at 732-759-5553 or


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