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Summer 2017


The purpose of higher education has been argued for centuries, and is cur­rently on the hot seat in public discourse for its high costs and debt in the midst of wage stagnation and reduced upward mobility. The response to this hot seat has been for increased attention to the role of higher education in job training to better help increase economic mobility. Jack R. Baker and Jeffery Bilbro in their article "Putting Down Roots: Why Universities Need Gardens" join many other scholars by adding an alternative voice to the conversation, a voice rooted in place homemaking and redemption, rather than mobility, exploitation and self-service by arguing that education's purpose is to "provide students with a rooted education, one that would form fully developed humans capable of serving their places. " 1 In order to achieve the goal of educating students to become caretakers of home,Baker and Bilbro use Wendell Berry to argue that "the practice of gardening as a community might shape students to care more deeply about their connections to their place.. ,"


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Originally published as:

Hoover, B. M. (2017). The Limited Campus Garden: A Response to “Putting Down Roots: Why Universities Need Gardens.” Christian Scholar’s Review, 46(4), 385–389.