Thursday’s Happenings

Now that the fall season is officially here, there are lots going around with Elon’s agricultural activities.

Brett Evens, a class of 2013 Elon alum, stopped by today to help students establish the new irrigation system at the Community Garden. With this irrigation system, the process of correctly watering all of the plants will be a much easier task. Hooray for Brett!

Recent Elon alum Brett Evans helps improve the irrigation pipes

Recent Elon alum Brett Evans helps improve the irrigation pipes

Putting in the pipes
Putting in the pipes

 

With all the rain lately, some of the crops are looking very healthy. The swiss chard is especially beautiful!

Swiss chard

Swiss chard

Swiss chard belongs to the chenopod family along with spinach, beets and quino. Members of this family contain certain betalain pigments, along with other nutrients, that contain many nutritional benefits regarding blood sugar, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, and bone health. The color of a swiss chard’s stem may indicate what nutrients it is particularly rich in!

For more information check out http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=16, and visit our food page for swiss chard recipes.

Over at the McMichael Greenhouse, Dr. Brandt Touchette’s Plant Physiology study is studying the effects of salt and fresh water on certain plants. As a result, it seems like there is a mini beach environment in the greenhouse! Ever seen these grasses at the beach or elsewhere?

Plant study at McMichael Greenhouse

Plant study at McMichael Greenhouse

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