Nicole Brailer | Contributing Writer
Students of the newly established Community Garden gathered on Tuesday, Oct. 2, to plant
their fall crops for a rich harvest this season. The garden can be found tucked away behind the
Virginia House dorms, where it is made up of three, eight by four foot beds. This season’s crops
include kale, lettuce, turnips, carrots, broccoli and purple cabbage.
The ODU Community Garden is one of the more recent additions to the student community and
was founded by Elizabeth Trahadias and Andrew Butler. What began as a two students sharing
their love for gardening and knowledge about healthy eating, has quickly flourished into a small
community of students that gather at the beginning of the growing season to plant fresh
vegetables for a healthy yield of produce.
As if eating healthy, inspiring fellow students, and sharing a passion for gardening isn’t enough:
“One of the most rewarding parts of the garden is that all of the produce grown, is donated,”
Trahadias and Butler have donated countless bags of fresh produce to the local food bank in
Norfolk. As awareness of the Community Garden continues to grow, not only will the local food
banks enjoy the benefits of locally grown produce, but ODU’s IGNITE Pantry will also be
accepting donations. This will directly benefit the ODU students and faculty that face daily
struggles and challenges with minimal access to quality, affordable food. The students have
every intention of continuing the garden year-round and hopes of beginning a Gardening Club.
To learn more about the ODU Community Garden, please email Elizabeth Trahadias at
To learn more about volunteering or donating to IGNITE Pantry, visit