Three vertical towers at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh grow vegetables and herbs for use in dining services

Three vertical towers at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh grow vegetables and herbs for use in dining services.

Jack and the beanstalk without the magic beans

Vertical gardens at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh add visual green notes to the Blackhawk Commons servery, sustainable bragging rights to the campus—and edible greens to dining operations.

At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the sustainable food movement has shot up—as in, greens and herbs are being grown right in the Blackhawk Commons servery in a vertical gardening system.

“Some UW Oshkosh students had been working on summer garden projects, but those don’t work well during winter months unless you’re trying to grow icicles,” says Marty Strand, assistant director for dining operations at the 14,000-student campus. “I had been on the lookout for a good indoor

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