The public is invited to attend a dedication of a campus garden at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The garden, located on the north side of campus near the Valley Technology Park, will be dedicated at noon in honor of Allen and Freda Pederson. Visitors are encouraged to park in Lot A on the campus and walk across to the garden site for the ceremony.
The vegetable and flower garden is a first for the Crookston campus and the result of the generosity of Allen Pederson. The collaboration by Sodexo Dining Services, Valley Technology Park, and the U of M Crookston Center for Sustainability helped make the garden a reality. Produce from the garden will be used in the campus dining hall and a student intern will be hired to assist with the garden’s maintenance.
Allen and the late Freda Pederson were long time residents of Crookston and avid gardeners. They were quick to share garden bounty, whether vegetables or flowers, with others. Freda passed away in 2012 just shy of the couple’s 75th wedding anniversary. Allen, who celebrates his 98th birthday on May 22 is one of the speakers at the dedication ceremony that includes a welcome by Chancellor Fred Wood with Professor Dan Svedarsky, director of the Center for Sustainability serving as emcee.
For information about the campus garden, contact the Center for Sustainability at 218-281-8129.