Fellow Story

Stoddard and students help regional group grow seedlings

Fellow(s): Elisabeth Stoddard

Eager to help empower youths and families through gardening, two Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seniors led a volunteer effort this spring to grow more than 1,000 seedlings to support the Regional Environmental Council's (REC) programs.


Working with Elisabeth Stoddard, WPI assistant teaching professor of social science and policy studies and co-director of the university's Center for Sustainable Food Systems, the students secured space in the Biology and Biotechnology Department’s on-campus greenhouse for the seedlings, which are various types of peppers. They tended to the plants with other members of the food sustainability interest group, including fellow senior Alexander Zitoli, Kayleah Griffin '18, Rachel Swanson '18, Dan Amirault '18, Ryan Cooney '18, and Ariel Goldner '19.

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