Lenoir-Rhyne University junior Matt Cochran (left) and senior Lenny Dinardo show off vegetables they grew in an organic garden behind one of the Hickory, N.C., school's residence halls.
|Matt Cochran (left) and Lenny Dinardo.|
The two resident assistants planted the garden to teach other students about sustainable living.
By the end of 2009, they'd given away vegetables to students, staff and a food pantry.
Dinardo said locally grown food provides exercise, avoids transportation costs and associated pollution, and offers more nutritional value since vegetables can ripen on the vine.
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