Published on April 14, 2023  
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A grant of $1,000 was given to the Department of Nutrition and Instructor Clara Darling for the Samford Wellness Garden. The students who participated in this project gained valuable knowledge on how to steward their environments with purpose and develop a strong foundation of Christ-centered values. With the assistance of Dr. Darling, students learned how to take care of soil using regenerative techniques and plant flowers that provide food for natural pollinators.

The 2023 goal is to offer at least two grants for sustainability innovations, in hopes of enriching the environment at Samford University along with providing support for the efforts in the surrounding communities and beyond.

“Regenerative agriculture is a growing practice that is essential to conservation and sustainable practices in farming,” Samford professor Clara Darling states. “By teaching our students how to do this on a small scale, they will better understand environmental stewardship on a large scale,” Darling adds.

ABOUT: Sustainability at Samford is committed to advancing sustainability on campus by identifying areas for improvement, collaborating across campus to support green initiatives, programs, and progress, and providing leadership and guidance for campus sustainability efforts. Sustainability Coordinator, Anita Morgan has a passion for the environment and because of this took on a full-time job focusing on how to improve Samford’s campus. Sustainability at Samford has been very successful, and its students are involved outside of the campus to support the community.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.