Community Garden Timeline 2009-2011

Lafayette Garden Time Line 2009 - 2011

Lafayette Garden Time Line 2009 – 2011

Lafayette College Community Garden Timeline, written and presented by Jenn Bell

Summer 2008

•Previously, students created small-scale food waste composting program
•Grew Corn on the Quad as part of first-year orientation themed “Live Green Lafayette”
•Visited Dickinson College Farm and became inspired to start something at Lafayette
•Applied for Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award to fund garden
•Began discussion with administration of possibility

Winter 2008/2009

•Secured funding from Clinton Foundation to start garden
•Secured land from college administration
•Began preliminary planning and direction of project: community + student garden idea
•Background research on other College Farms
•Jenn and Professor Kney speak at University Hunger Summit Conference

Spring 2009–Season 1

•Built fence with tons of volunteers: students, faculty, staff, administration, kids, everyone came out to help!
•Rainwater collection system built as civil engineering class project
•Purchase of garden equipment through grant and student club funding
•Established garden layout
•Planting of student garden
•Opening of Community Garden
•Food and Technology course creates garden layouts plans as class project

Summer 2009

•Student Farm harvest began: brought to Safe Harbor, local homeless shelter serving 2 meals per day to residents
•Discussions with dining services began about the possibility to serve food in dining halls
•Built tool shed
•Full time research student, Jenn, worked with Dave Brandes and Andy Smith
•Creation of this website!
•College receives grant from DEP to create large scale food waste composting program

Fall 2009

•Community Garden Harvest Party! First year had ups and downs, but there were no downs at this shindig!

 

Spring 2010

•Civil Engineering Design Course
•Garden featured on two TV shows: PBS and local channel WFMZ 69
•Biology department grows milkweed for experiment to monitor Monarch butterflies

 

Summer 2010

•Two part-time job work/study student positions paid for by College
full time research student, Jenn, looked into and tested organic weed control methods

 

Fall 2010

•Begin selling veggies at campus farm markets on Friday afternoons
•Received approval from campus dining services, Sodexo to begin serving vegetables in campus dining halls

Spring 2011

•Sustainable Food class project builds window planters for growing seedlings to plant at garden out of recycled materials
•Became partner with Buy Fresh, Buy Local Lehigh Valley

Summer 2011

•Full time job position created for Garden Manager and Environmental Project Coordinator funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for 1-year period: Jenn
•Produce given to campus restaurant and sold at markets
•Two part time students’ positions and full time research student work at garden
•Research student, Julia Seidenstein studies organic pest control methods

Fall 2011

•Produce sold at Orientation farm market
•Produce used in food tasting demonstrations during special events on campus
•Paid research student position extended
•Received $5,000 grant from Mellon Foundation for materials

Future Plans

•Increase student awareness and involvement
•Work to secure permanent manager position
•Irrigation system
•Greenhouse
•Expand farm in size
•Further integration of courses and research projects
•Increase education and outreach programs to the community
•Further research on organic pest control, weed control, and fertilization methods
•Improve soil conditions
•Create more community infrastructure such as picnic areas and a playground
•Become USDA organic certified
•…the possibilities are endless

 

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