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Colgate’s garden kicks off with successful work party

By Sustainability Office on May 8, 2013

The Green Thumbs club hosted a garden work party on Thursday, May 2.  Several students came out to show their support for the Colgate Community Garden – now in its fourth season!

Party gathers to plant the Colgate Community Garden

Volunteer work party at Colgate’s Community Vegetable Garden

It was a gorgeous, sunny day and lots of things were accomplished; weeding, planting, and watering to name a few.  The major project of the day was building two new raised garden beds.

These two beds, as well as one more still to be built, will become a part of the new Community Garden Plot program that will be trialed during the 2013 growing season.  Individuals from the Colgate and/or Hamilton community will be offered a plot within the Colgate Community Garden for a small annual fee.  This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who would like to garden, but may not have access to land or space of their own.  For the 2013 growing season, the Colgate Community Garden has 3 individuals from the Colgate community who will be tending one of the 3 new raised garden beds.  If successful, the Colgate Community Garden hopes to extend this opportunity to more individuals in coming years.

Two students working to plant the Community Garden at Colgate.

Beth Roy (Community Garden Consultant), Skylar Lyndsay (garden intern), Gabe Block (garden intern), and Jess Halter (co-president of Green Thumbs) have been hard at work already this spring getting the garden ready for the growing season.  With their help as well as other volunteers, seeds such as peas, lettuce, spinach, onions, beets, and turnips have been planted.  Several hundred onion plants were donated to the garden by Sam Stradling from the Hamilton Food Cupboard and are in the ground ready to grow!  Sam has agreed to provide the Colgate Community Garden with several different types of plants (onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.), in exchange for some of the produce when it comes time to harvest.

We are looking forward to a successful growing season!

If you are interested in learning more about the Colgate Community garden or the Green Thumbs club, please contact the Green Thumbs (GreenThumbs@colgate.edu) or the Sustainability Office (Sustainability@colgate.edu). You can also follow Colgate Sustainability on Twitter or on Facebook for information about future Garden work parties and events.

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