By Suzanne Weiss / Assistant Director of Communications
The Two Rivers woman has a green thumb and is enticing college students, faculty and staff to eat fresh greens.
Part of her job as a summer landscaping intern is to tend to the planter boxes of fruits, vegetables and herbs located in the college’s commons area. It is the first time the college has grown an organic food garden, Tanya said.
“I asked for the internship,” she said. “Anything to do with gardening because I love being outside. I love the dirt. I want a farm of my own someday.”
It was Tanya’s idea to package herbs and offer them free in a basket near the cafeteria cash register.
As more crops are harvested, they will be put out in the cafeteria for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Harvesting began in late June and should continue through fall, said Tanya, who planted the crops, weeds them, waters them and fertilizes them.
Crops include radishes, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplants, beans, peas, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, beets, cantaloupes, honey dew melons, kohlrabi, celery, red onions, cucumbers, bush pickles, tomatillos, Brussels sprouts, melons, lettuce and arugula.
Among the herbs are basil, thyme, sage, rosemary, cilantro, garlic chives and parsley.
Tanya is majoring in business management. She received a Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Scholarship.
She chose Silver Lake College because it was close to home. Once she arrived on campus, she found everyone friendly, helpful and “bright spirited.”