CORPUS CHRISTI – Senior nursing students enrolled in a Community Health clinical practicum at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted a community garden planting party on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center. Volunteers have signed up to return weekly to tend the garden.
“This was an excellent example of student experiential learning for the senior nursing students,” said Dr. Gilda Ramirez, Director Garcia Arts & Education Center. “The Garcia Center is now a demonstration site for student success and community collaboration.”
The students, who are in a practicum led by Dr. Suzanne Beltz, Associate Professor of Nursing, prepared the soil for the entire 14-bed garden. They invited the community to help with the planting of all the food seeds at the party. Their hope is that the community garden will continue to contribute to improved nutritional knowledge, enhance the community’s diet, increase social involvement within the community by caring for the garden in the future, and promote healthy eating.
Other activities included the sharing of recipes lessons, garden education, and children’s activities. The garden was ceremonially blessed by Kalpulli Ehekatl Paplotin Danza group who performed a traditional native dance. Hotdogs, hamburgers, and barbeque were also provided to volunteers after the planting process was completed.Local sponsors included Beautify Corpus Christi Association, Home Depot, the University Practicum Nursing Students, and the Westside Business Association for donating the soil, plants, planting bed materials, and learning community experience.