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The Seeds of Well-Being Are Growing at Mason

August 19, 2014

Students, faculty and staff have created a thriving garden. Photo courtesy of Prince William Community Garden.

Students, faculty and staff have created a thriving garden. Photo courtesy of Prince William Community Garden.

By Sarah Kersey

A not-so-secret garden behind Beacon Hall on the Prince William Campus is bearing fruit. Established in summer 2013 the Prince William Community Garden helps students, faculty and staff come together to support the Mason community with (noncertified) organic and sustainable foods, learning opportunities and a chance to get connected to nature while on campus. Currently, the garden is producing lettuce, tomatoes, watermelons, muskmelons and cucumbers.

A little more growing to do at the community garden.  Photo courtesy of Prince William Community Garden.

A little more growing to do at the community garden. Photo courtesy of Prince William Community Garden.

But the Prince William Campus Community Garden is not the only growing effort at Mason. The Well-Being University Initiative has roots planted in the university’s strategic plan and is taking shape through the work of the Well-Being Learning Community and the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. Beginning this fall with a special event, co-sponsored with the Office of Sustainability, seeds will be sown to increase awareness of this initiative. The event, “Planting the Seeds of Well-Being, “will take place on Thursday, August 28.

Whether through plants or people, each member of the Mason community is invited to help cultivate this culture of well-being so that the Mason Nation will soon be Thriving Together.