Last Friday, Katie Costanzo and Veronica Serwacki met with Canisius alumna Marissa Verdi ’15 for some expert advice on seeds, seedlings and best practices for planting organic vegetables for “Spring in the Garden 2019.”

Verdi graduated from Canisius with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. She went on for her master’s degree in plant protection and pest management (MPPM) from the Entomology Department at the University of Georgia. Verdi now works for Harris Seeds, a Rochester-based company that services professional growers and home gardeners. Her role is to oversee the home garden division.

Verdi has expressed enthusiastic interest in helping Canisius with the community garden project. She made a special trip to visit the East West Community Garden at Canisius and is willing to assist with the selection of genera/varieties to grow in the garden beds and in the natural pollinator areas. Verdi also offered to provide the East West Community Garden with seeds, seedlings and growing supplies for when planting begins next spring.

Look for more information about the East West Community Garden and a fun fall event that’s being organized to button up the garden for winter.

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate to dean, Arts & Sciences