When the University's new Environmental Studies minor, ES 300: Summer Harvest, was began, the UM Organic Community Garden was created. The class, taught by professor Jill Wicknick and Lee Rozelle, encouraged students to learn about organic gardening, hunger issues, and how to grow food. One UM student, Holly Pless, was appointed the manager. Mrs. Pless worked on the donation plots, tilled the ground, and planted seeds. By June, the students enrolled in the course still loved working in the garden. According to Dr. Wicknick, the students in the Environmental Club continued to care for the plot even after the course had ended.