The hardy, maintenance-free plants that dominated the original beds in 2014 had become a weedy, overgrown jungle until the student group, GROW (Green Roof and Orchard Workforce), began transforming the space. Today the rooftop is an organized garden: students, faculty and staff can be seen working the soil and picking tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and basil, while bees and a hummingbird move among the bee balm and sunflowers.
Nicholas alum Christy Ihlo took a huge, but carefully calculated, risk leaving her post as a policy associate at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions to pursue her passion for international conservation with an NGO in Tanzania.
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