Photo provided by Tonya Lowentritt -- Southeastern Louisiana University Student Government Association President Stephanie Travis, in front, and other volunteer students tend to garden plots on campus that are being maintained by various campus organizations.

In a clearing behind Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sustainability Center, several raised gardens are starting to show signs of growth.

The community gardens are the result of work by students in various campus organizations who have adopted plots they will nurture over the next several months, a news release said.

Student Government Association President Stephanie M. Travis, of Kentwood, said the community garden is the brainchild of students who expressed a desire to have a place near campus where they could grow fresh food.

Physical Plant Director Byron Patterson and Landscape and Recycling Manager Carlos Doolittle found a place for the garden on an empty stretch of land in the Sustainability Center on North Oak Street, which previously served as the university’s Horticulture Center. Using concrete, they prepared the raised beds for the students’ use.

“Several student organizations have adopted plots that they are responsible for maintaining,” Travis said. “Some are planning to use the vegetables for personal consumption and others intend to donate what they grow.”