At Paul Quinn, Students Till the Soil to Cultivate a Better College

At Paul Quinn, Students Till the Soil to Build a Better College 2

Brandon Thibodeaux for The Chronicle

Students at Paul Quinn College harvest spinach in the college's garden. Fresh produce from the garden is sold to people in the college's Dallas neighborhood, which lacks quality grocery stores.

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Brandon Thibodeaux for The Chronicle

Students at Paul Quinn College harvest spinach in the college's garden. Fresh produce from the garden is sold to people in the college's Dallas neighborhood, which lacks quality grocery stores.

In autumn, most colleges' football fields are covered with a thick carpet of grass or artificial turf and are adorned with yard lines.

But the football field here at Paul Quinn College was carved up by plowing and planting. This past fall, portions of the college's gridiron were covered with sweet potatoes, watermelons, peppers, rosemary, and sugar snap peas.

While organic gardens have become staples at colleges across the country, the garden at Paul Quinn is a special source