The Colgate Community Garden is once again partnering with Dining Services to bring more local food into the dining facilities at Colgate. At the beginning of each week, members of the Community Garden sends a list of the fresh vegetables and herbs to Dining Services. Dining Services then places their order. Veggies and herbs are then harvested by the garden team and transported to Frank Dining Hall that same day. So far this year, six different varieties of herbs and several early season greens have been utilized in various campus dining events. This partnership will continue as Chartwells takes over Colgate’s Dining Services.
The Colgate Community Garden continues to maintain a close relationship with the Hamilton Food Cupboard. Approximately half of what is harvested each week at the garden is donated to the Food Cupboard. Once again in early 2015, Sam Stradling and the folks at the Food Cupboard started and tended to several different varieties of vegetables in their small heated greenhouse. These seedlings were donated to the Colgate Community Garden, in exchange for the fresh veggies that will come from the plants later in the season.
Stay tuned for how you can obtain some of the garden’s fresh produce- a summer Farm Stand is in the works!