February 7, 2014 11:00 AM
Photos by Cheryl Gerber
There are plenty of lessons to be learned in hard work, and Tulane University students traded in books and computers for garden gloves and shovels while connecting with the Newcomb Alumnae Association at Tulane City Center’s Grow Dat Youth Farm on Friday, Jan. 31.
Junior Allison Thornton, left, a leader with the Newcomb Senate, works alongside Carter Dudley Flemming, class of 1970. These public service events reinforce the connection between students and alumnae, Thornton says. “I really value the stories that these women tell about their time at Newcomb. There are so many traditions and tidbits of history.”
Judy Steinberg, left, a graduate of the class of 1961, says, “I loved working with the students ... they are amazing women. They impress me and make me proud to think that they are at Tulane.”
The Newcomb group takes part in a variety of farm tasks, including weeding. It’s a big job that must be done by hand to ensure the farm’s commitment to sustainable agriculture. Weeding allows Grow Dat to avoid chemical fertilizers.
Charlotte Travieso, Newcomb alumna and former director of alumni affairs at Tulane, joins the group’s efforts. They logged almost 100 hours toward the Cowen Service Challenge as a tribute to President Scott Cowen, who will retire on June 30.
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