Sustainable, container farming comes to ECU. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

With the help of a green thumb, East Carolina University's next wave of food sustainability debuted during this year's College Hill Block Party. 

Greens, organically grown in a shipping container behind Jones Residence Hall, were served with a soy salmon bowl to the more than 5,000 students who attended the event. 

Freshman Allison Clemmer of Greensboro was one of the first students to try the greens. She's happy to know she has additional options when choosing what to eat on campus. 

"I try to eat as healthy as possible, so knowing it's organic helps a lot," said Clemmer.

Unbeknownst to Clemmer and the other students, the greens started off in the container as a seedling eight weeks ago. The shipping container was put together by Freight Farms in Boston. ECU's Dining Services, a part of Campus Living within Student Affairs, purchased the container to be used and managed by Aramark, which provides all dining services at the University. 

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Originally published Sept. 13, 2017. Written by Michael Rudd. Photo by Cliff Hollis.


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