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USM Gulf Park students bring new life to old campus greenhouse

Led by members of the Eco Eagles, the project brought together more than a dozen students from four different clubs on campus. (Photo source: WLOX) Led by members of the Eco Eagles, the project brought together more than a dozen students from four different clubs on campus. (Photo source: WLOX)
Students are working to transform an old greenhouse at the back of campus into a community garden and learning lab. (Photo source: WLOX) Students are working to transform an old greenhouse at the back of campus into a community garden and learning lab. (Photo source: WLOX)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

Students at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach are converting an old greenhouse into something more useful.

It's a project that involves restoration, renewal, and recycling.

“We are gutting everything out," said Alexandra Huninghake. "We are separating things that need to be saved, recycled, and trashed so we can have a clean slate to start our project.”

The greenhouse sits near the back of the Gulf Park campus.

“We are turning it into a community garden to help create more sustainability on campus. We're also going to be composting to help decrease the waste in the cafeteria,” said Huninghake, with the Eco Eagles club.

Although the environmental group is leading the way, students from other clubs quickly joined in; including the Geographic Honor Society, PLANT, and the Biology Club.

“I like that it brings a bunch of our student organizations together and that we're working together. I like that it betters our campus," noted Lacy Lawler of the Geographic Honors Society. "It's something students coming up behind us can get involved in and use."

Despite the hard work, students envision a much brighter future and greater use for the greenhouse property.

“I think this will be a great opportunity for students to get hands on work learning how to grow things, practice research,: biology club president, Alex Sullivan. "So, this is a great opportunity for students to learn how to grow.”

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