WSC Community Garden Enters its Third Season
Apr. 21, 2008 -- Producing everything from hollyhock flowers to juicy tomatoes the Community Garden is sprouting into its third season. The garden is located on campus in between Coronado and Beckwith Halls.
WSC Junior, Sam Duchaine is currently the organizer for the garden. She has been along from the beginning and had never gardened before. For Duchaine the vision is, “To grow food for the community as a community,” and to “broaden community awareness about local food.”
This past summer the garden, which is about twenty five feet by twenty five in size, produced numerous herbs and vegetables. Lettuce, spinach, basil, zucchini, snow peas, potatoes, carrots, garlic, chamomile and mint all grew well. Bags of salad greens were picked and sold at the Gunnison Farmers Market. Proceeds made were donated to the local food bank.
Early in April the Community Garden group met to discuss plans to keep the garden alive and well for the upcoming growing season. Students and community members have been keeping a compost pile going all winter. Plants have been started inside at the greenhouse in Hurst Hall and then moved outside when temperatures permit.
Duchaine hopes that the garden will be incorporated into the Environmental Studies program. She believes this will ensure the garden will flourish for many years to come and has the hope that someday the Community Garden will grow food for the college dining hall.
Story by: Luke Mehall, assistant director of public relations