Shopping on the Quad

September 19, 2013

Who needs the mall when you've got the Quad at Northampton Community College? On September 19, the outside area between College Center, the Enrollment Center, and Kopecek Hall was filled World Marketwith fresh produce and goods from places all over the world as both a Community Garden Market and World Market were held for the first time.

At the World Market, faculty who have traveled with students over the summer brought back with them many wonderful items which included alpaca wool hats and gloves, leather purses, and finger puppets from Peru; Tagua bracelets made from seeds found in the rainforests of Ecuador; Navajo jewelry from the southwestern United States, and scarves, jewelry, and silk purses from China. The proceeds from these sales will enable our students to return to these countries as well as help bring students from Diné College, a Navajo community college located in Arizona, to NCC for an intercultural exchange visit.

The Community Garden at NCCCommunity Garden Market was created to promote experiential and service learning in addition to community outreach. Work on the garden began in 2010 and it's been growing ever since, as evidenced by the abundance of kale, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic and other produce available for sale at the garden.

Shoppers snatched up the items and a steady stream of customers perused the tables set up in the Quad on the sunny September day. See more photos from this event on Flickr.


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