Jun 16, 2014

Congressman Visits KCUMB Campus, Tours Community Garden

KCUMB was fortunate recently to host a special guest, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II.

Rep. Cleaver visited the KCUMB campus June 16, and I had the privilege of discussing with him the University’s role as an anchor in the Northeast Neighborhood and as a leading provider of physicians for Missouri and Kansas.

The highlight of Rep. Cleaver’s trip was a visit to KCUMB’s Community Garden, where first-graders from Scuola Vita Nuova harvested snap peas, onions and kale.

Our Community Garden was established in 2010. Since then, faculty, staff and students have annually grown and harvested nearly 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables, which we donate to nonprofit organizations in the Northeast Neighborhood. It is one of many
ways KCUMB is accomplishing our mission of "improving the well-being of the communities we serve."

Rep. Cleaver was particularly impressed by our regular efforts to involve area children in the planting, growing and harvesting process as a way of encouraging them to live healthy.