USCB students make impact with greenhouse project and USC first lady shares gardening and cooking tips

USCB students make impact with greenhouse project and USC first lady shares gardening and cooking tips

April 12, 2017

BLUFFTON, S.C. – USCB students make an impact with a student-led greenhouse project and the University of South Carolina first lady shares gardening and cooking tips at a presentation tomorrow, April 13 in the Hargray lobby on the Hilton Head Gateway Campus from 1:10 to 2:30 p.m.

Two good friends on campus, Bailey Schorr, Psychology '17 and Jaylan Tucker, Health Promotion '17 saw an empty greenhouse and knew there was a chance to make an impact on the student body and the local community. The USCB greenhouse was not in current use, but these two students knew it had potential.

USCB student make impact with greenhouse project and USC first lady shares gardening and cooking tips

In the fall of 2015, Schorr and Tucker approached health promotion professor Lauren Gellar, Ph.D. MCHES, and she secured permission for the two to work in the greenhouse.

As Schorr states, "We had no idea the path we were walking down." Many hours were spent cleaning and repairing things with the help of USCB maintenance staff. By the fall of 2016, the students were ready to attempt growing, and funds were needed. Mr. Paul Brody, a specialist from the local community in hydroponics, provided blueprints and expert advice free of charge.

In addition, the students received a donation from the USC Pastides Health and Sustainability Fund from the University of South Carolina. USC President Pastides and Mrs. Moore-Pastides have a particular interest in healthy living, and this fund is supported by royalties from Mrs. Moore-Pastides' healthy cookbooks. The students also received support from student life and Mr. Norman Varnes from the Environmental Club.

The first crop of lettuce was a success! They grew 54 delicious heads of butterhead lettuce using the Kratky Method on the first attempt. They are currently growing tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumbers using the Dutch Bucket Method.

Recently the students began working with the Jasper County Boys and Girls Club. They are planning to teach them about hydroponics and help them build their own system. Also, the produce grown in the USCB greenhouse will be donated to them and integrated into a cooking class to help raise awareness about healthy cooking and, in particular, the health benefits of eating vegetables.  

"Jaylan Tucker and Bailey Schorr are student leaders who have shown two years of passion, commitment and perseverance. They have overcome multiple obstacles along the way to see the USCB Greenhouse Project to fruition," said Lauren Gellar, Ph.D., MCHES program director for the bachelor of science in health promotion. "They have a strong vision to enhance community engagement with local underserved populations."

Mrs. Moore-Pastides will be giving a talk on the USCB campus on April 13 from 1:10 to 2:30 p.m. in the Hargray lobby on garden-to-table gardening and healthy cooking. The presentation will be followed by a presentation from Schorr and Tucker on the USCB Greenhouse Project. The public is invited to attend.

Copies of Mrs. Moore-Pastides' book, Greek Revival From the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life, will be available for purchase as well.


Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a baccalaureate member of the USC system, serving the southeast coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Since 2002, USCB has tripled its academic degree programs, doubled its FTE enrollment, opened its first on-campus housing (now serving more than 900), joined the NAIA Sun Conference, and fielded conference and national award-winning Sand Shark athletes in nine sports. The university's two campuses serve a diverse student body of 2,000 students. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, SC, offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Historic Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort's downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate Studio Art program in close proximity to Beaufort's many art galleries. The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.

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