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‘Kansa’ planting rescheduled

04/17/14

‘Kansa’ planting rescheduled

Due to temperatures that are hovering at the freezing point at night, organizers of the “Kansa” Veggie Plant event have decided to reschedule the planting of the earthen artwork on the west side of campus.

The new time will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, to coincide with the Campus Farm workday already scheduled as part of the college’s Earth Days celebration.

Reservations are still being taken at sustainability@jccc.edu. Workers can indicate whether they would like a free sandwich lunch in exchange for their labors. Wear clothing suitable for planting, and bring sunscreen.

Stan Herd, an artist based in Lawrence, Kan., designed the artwork “Kansa” located  near the Red Barn on the west side of campus, and his intent was have the earthwork – a hieroglyph within a stone circle – planted with different types of horticulture each  year.

This year, a JCCC committee decided on the plantings, the first time anyone but the artist planned the look of “Kansa” since its spring 2013 dedication.

“Kansa” will include nasturtiums, marigolds, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard and sage. Students enrolled in the sustainable agriculture certificate program started the plants from seed in the college’s greenhouse.

In case of rain, the event will be held Monday, April 28.

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