Wednesday, March 20, 2013

First Day of Spring?

"I had found the corner that Spring was around!" - Frog (Arnold Lobel.) Today is the first day of Spring! It is currently twenty eight degrees, with a wind chill of seventeen while I type this blog entry. Winter is surely going out like a lion!

One of the first flowers emerging on campus... Narcissus Sp.

I have been reflecting on some big projects we are working on this year, and some challenges we are facing. We of course will be maintaining the grounds, striving for excellence as we do every year. Although, we face a few challenges; financial concerns, as well as a reduction in human resources. A challenege many are facing world wide. A slight change in vision will make the transition tough, but we here have weathered many storms, and there is no reason to believe we can't weather these challenges as well.

We also have some projects in the near future that are challenging, but also exciting! One being the possible introduction of a small community style garden, where SCC Departments and Students can adopt a small plot to grow vegetables and herbs. We are currently looking for ways to fund this project, but hope to get started this year. The SCC Green Team has been assisting in the endeavor of finding funding resources, and I am hopeful we will have this project ready to debut next year.

Solar Halo phenomenon. Photo taken from campus 3/15.

Another project is the student led vegetable garden. This is a test garden to see what kind of involvement we can expect from students. Currently the area is prepped and has fifty ever-bearing This will allow us to gauge how large, or how small, the community garden plots and project shall be. The Biology department and the SCC Green club have also been working hard to make this project come to fruition!

We also have plans to install some much needed trees, but I am a bit biased when it comes to planting trees. The SCC Tree Advisory Committee is also growing, and will be making more of a presence this year as it goes into its third year of SCC being a Certified Tree Campus USA through the Arbor Day Foundation.

So as we can see, a lot to discuss in the coming months of Spring. See you outside!

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