March 24, 2011 Volume CXXIX Issue 8

Garden grows into second year

By WHITLEY ARENS
Chief Emeritus

A raised herb plot is shown above.

Nestled beside the McCandless International House is Georgetown College’s very own Community Garden. The Community Garden project on campus is blossoming into its second year of existence.

Most students have probably noticed the garden, but it’s likely that many don’t understand why it’s there. Bryan Langlands explained how the garden came into fruition: “Dr. [Homer] White and a few other staff and faculty began brainstorming a few years ago about how we would all like to start a Community Garden at Georgetown College. After a few conversations with Dr. Gambill, we were able to choose a site on campus and to begin preparing the soil.”

So far the involvement with the Community Garden has been great. The neighbors who live across the street from the garden have even gotten involved with the project. In addition to that, many students, staff and faculty have become involved with the project as well. Langlands further explained the involvement with the garden, saying: “We have also been able to involve other neighbors like Georgetown Baptist Church and the Montessori Experience (the Montessori Pre-School on the Corner of College and Hamilton Streets). Triple J Farm has been a wonderful supporter of our efforts, donating some of the compost that we used early on to get the garden started.”

This amount of campus and community involvement is especially great considering that “Everything in the garden runs off of donations and volunteer hours,” as student volunteer Heather Norman explained. Overall the Community Garden project has been a huge success so far. From its first summer harvest, the garden yielded 150 pounds of produce which was donated to the AMEN House (Georgetown’s local food and clothing bank).

Following its first successful harvest, the garden was expanded last fall to include a fruit orchard. “Dr. Homer White, our Garden Director, suggested last summer that we turn our eastern plot into a fruit orchard so that students would be able to participate in the Fall harvest,” Langlands explained. “Despite the drought last Summer and Fall and the terribly compacted soil, students, staff and faculty all pitched in last Fall to turn the eastern plot into a fruit orchard. We planted cranberry and blueberry bushes, and apple, pear, plum and cherry trees.”

Dr. White is shown working in the garden.

In terms of future development, the next big day for the garden is Sat. April 16. This will be a Garden Work Day to prepare the plots for harvesting in the summer. “We already have commitments from the Georgetown College Football Team, Campus Ministry, the Green Team and from Georgetown Baptist Church to provide volunteers to come and help out that day,” said Langlands, “We will be having fun preparing the soil and planting seeds that day.” If you are interested in volunteering that morning please email Bryan_Langlands@georgetowncollege.edu for more information.

If you’d like to help with the Community Garden Project, but find that you don’t have the time to volunteer, no worries. Donations are also gladly accepted; the garden needs everything from old garden tools to money for supplies.

Students interested in getting involved with the Community Garden Project— or with learning more about it—should contact Bryan Langlands, Dr. Homer White, Dr. Jonathan Sands Wise, Nick Babladelis, Heather Norman or Morgan Davis.

A view of the garden looking out to the street.

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