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Organic Approach to Going Green

Prabi Basnet ’09 is “going green” this summer – literally – by planting and maintaining an organic garden full of delicious vegetables in the backyard between Abbe Center for Jewish Life and Beta Sigma. The garden has brought students together who are interested in growing and eating local, organic food. Basnet was inspired to plant the garden after taking a course titled “Food Systems in History” with Professor of History Susanne McNally. “It’s important to see where your food comes from,” she explained. Basnet obtained the organic plants for the garden from Bellhorn, an Amish nursery, and David Mapstone ’93, assistant dean of Hobart College, who donated fertilizer. So far she has planted basil, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, celery, spinach and beans. “It’s everyone’s garden,” explains Basnet, who encourages students to help tend it this summer and next fall. She hopes to eventually create a greenhouse on campus to further help HWS “go green.” For students who want to be more environmentally-friendly, she recommends, “Be a part of the Green Team. Be aware. Recycle.” This summer, she is conducting research with John Halfman, professor of environmental studies and geosciences, on lake toxicology of the Finger Lakes. “We do field work where we go on the lake and we perform lab tests on the samples,” Basnet explains. “The goal is to find out the quality of the water and the factors that are leading to the pollution such as agriculture and industries.” A native of Nepal, she is involved in the International Student Association, is a resident assistant, tutors a Hindi course, and works for IT services. Additionally, she is an environmental studies and international relations double-major and an art minor with a concentration in photography.