"I came into college having never worked in a garden," says Billy Daly '16, who is now the treasurer and second-in-command of the Goucher Agricultural Co-op. In only one year, the environmental studies and economics double major helped cultivate the College garden into a spacious community project with a hydroponics system and enough produce to stock Goucher's salad bar regularly with greens as fresh, organic, and local as they come.
With two other students, Daly helped create the Goucher Renewable Agricultural Initiative (GRAIN), a summer leadership program aimed to build future Ag Co-op leaders to maintain the garden's momentum into the future. "Through developing this program, we gained experience in how to write proposals and how to structure a program that makes Ag Co-Op sustainable," says Daly.
In addition to creating and participating in GRAIN, Daly spent the summer researching hydroponics with environmental economics professor, Dr. Gina Shamshak.
"The aspect I like most about community gardens is that they bring people together," says Daly. "Once people get involved, they start caring more about the garden and they start caring more about each other."