Gardeners

Gardeners are responsible for the planting, harvesting, and general upkeep of the Luther gardens and greenhouse, which provide produce to Luther Dining Services. In the off-season students assist with other food-related projects and initiatives.

Gardeners


Parker Beard

Parker Beard '17

  • Major: Environmental Studies
  • Hometown: Decorah, IA
  • Veggie of choice: Garlic and Basil
  • Most enjoyed gardening activity: Pulling weeds so big you have to grunt to get them out
  • Best seasonal recipe: Basil and parsley pesto
  • Why do you enjoy gardening?: I enjoy gardening because I can wiggle my toes in the dirt while I work. Plus eating the product of my labor is satisfying.

Mariana Fernandez Bertocchi

Mariana Fernández Bertocchi '16

  • Major: International Studies & Anthropology
  • Hometown: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Veggie of choice: Cucumber
  • Most enjoyed gardening activity: Planting
  • Best seasonal recipe: Strawberry sangria
  • Why do you enjoy gardening?: I enjoy gardening because I can combine my love for nature, fresh food, and creativity.

Sarah Forsythe

Sarah Forsythe '15

  • Major: Anthropology/Sociology
  • Hometown,State: Coon Valley, WI
  • Veggie of choice: Carrots
  • Most enjoyed gardening activity: Planting!
  • Best seasonal recipe: Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake
  • What is your favorite part about gardening at Luther?: Being outside and enjoying the weather/co-workers!
 

Devon Hovey

Devon Hovey '15

  • Major: Environmental Studies
  • Hometown: Decorah, IA
  • Veggie of choice: Sugar snap peas
  • Most enjoyed gardening activity: I love harvesting because it's the time when we get to see the results of all our hard work.
  • Best seasonal recipe: Any type of smoothie that has lots of fruit, especially raspberries. 
  • Why do you enjoy gardening?: I enjoy gardening because it seems I learn something new everyday and I get to be with people who share similar passions and personalities.

Tessa Kraus

Tessa Kraus '16

  • Major: Art
  • Hometown: Decorah, IA
  • Veggie of choice: Kale or garlic
  • Most enjoyed gardening activity: Destroying weeds; not weeding, destroying.
  • Best seasonal recipe: Basil pesto with a little lemon curry added.
  • Why do you enjoy gardening?: I like to see results from my own sweat and muscles, and I like being able to eat those results.

Jayne Pearson

Jayne Pearson '15

  • Major: Biology/International studies
  • Hometown: St. Paul, MN
  • Veggie of choice: Sweet potatoes
  • Most enjoyed gardening activity: Harvesting!
  • Best seasonal recipe: Anything with fresh raspberries!
  • Why do you enjoy gardening?: Gardening is a great way to get outside, and I love munching on fresh produce!