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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Breaking: PCCD appoints former San Leandro police chief to Interim Executive Director of Public Safety
Breaking: PCCD appoints former San Leandro police chief to Interim Executive Director of Public Safety
Abdul Pridgen will lead the district’s community-based safety program
Li Khan, Editor in Chief • June 21, 2024
Carpentry instructor spruces up department
Carpentry instructor spruces up department
Rym-Maya Kherbache, Staff Writer • April 24, 2024
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A cap at the Laney College commencement ceremony on May 24 reads in Spanish, This is for my mom who gave me everything. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)
Graduations, resignations and more: PCCD Trustees wrap up school year at 5/28 meeting
Romi Bales, Staff Writer • June 17, 2024
Student Trustee Natasha Masand believes her voice has the power to impact the PCCD community.
Student Trustee Natasha Masand finds her voice
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • March 19, 2024
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    Let our garden grow

    The Laney Garden, located near Eagle Village and the Laney Bistro, is a hidden gem on campus. The garden creates an oasis-like environment, but it is so much more.
    The Oakland branch of the International Rescue Committee uses the garden to help new Cambodian immigrants stay connected to their culinary and agricultural practices. 
    With a place to garden, new immigrants can practice traditional agriculture, create cuisine that reminds them of home, and grow organic produce in the process.
    Though the garden flourishes, it remains at risk of being replaced by a “flex zone” for construction projects, including the proposed Student Center and Library. The garden was recently spared but it is still at risk in the future. 
    Although the Garden supports Cambodian immigrants, brings joy to students, and creates a beautiful atmosphere, it is still underutilized. In order to save the garden from future construction projects, it’s important to integrate the garden into our campus community. 
    For example, if the Laney College Bistro and cafeteria donated their food scraps, they could be turned into fresh, inexpensive compost that could be used to grow healthy fruits and vegetables. 
    Those fruits and vegetables could be used in food production at Laney that is inexpensive, organic, and truly garden-to-table. 
    Through garden cultivation, volunteers could start a small farmer’s market on campus, bringing inexpensive produce to other community members. Volunteers could also utilize the garden space to continue campus sage-building workshops, in order to create safe spaces for women of color to participate in indigenous cultural practices organically and cost efficiently. 
    It is imperative that the Laney community support the Laney Garden. 
    The garden is already thriving and creating positive ripples throughout our community. Those effects will increase if the garden is fully integrated into our campus.

    Lauren Jelks is a staff writer at the Laney Tower. E-mail her at laurentjelks(at)gmail.com.

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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