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Urban Gardens

Below is a map of our in-house composting site and gardens found across campus.  Each garden is site specific, and aims to highlight certain aspects of sustainable agriculture and social sustainability, depending on the needs of the immediate community.  Activities at the political science garden, for example, emphasize bio and cultural diversity, specifically honoring Native American tribes and heritage.

7 College Way Garden

abundant leafy garden with bamboo trellis in back against building and bamboo teepee

Nestled against the Women and Gender Studies department lies the 7 College Way Garden.  This garden design incorporates elements of forest gardening by intentionally planting crops of varying heights (i.e. canopy layer, groundcover, etc.) and ecological functions (i.e. nitrogen fixation) alongside one another. Cucumbers climb up a teepee made from bamboo harvested from campus, while zinnias provide bright pops of color.  Food forests, and guilds will provide abundant harvests all throughout the year.  A hidden swing shaded by vines offers a peaceful resting spot for enjoying the abundance of the 7 College Way Garden.

Political Science Garden

3 raised beds

The courtyard outside the Political Science offices on Coming street is a quiet open space centered around three large wooden beds teaming with life.  Educational signage informs visitors of the significant influence of the moon on plants (and humans) as well as introducing the concept of companion planting through the traditional example of the Three Sisters (corn, beans, and squash).  A large cistern catches and stores rainwater from the roof of the building and a rain garden will infiltrate stormwater, thus reducing flooding and pollution into our watershed.  A bookshare provides opportunities for community exchange and fosters a love of learning. 

McAlister Garden

Mc Allister atrium

The McAlister courtyard is a high traffic area for students, therefore the gardens get a lot of visibility.  Two garden beds were planned with the Students for Social Innovation club and were constructed with recovered wood from dumpsters. A model garden bed along the pathway demonstrates the difference in a properly sheet mulched portion using manure, contrasted with a portion with minimal inputs.  We are striving to enhance the aesthetic of an underutilized space for communing with various seating options and future additions of educational signs and art pieces.

McConnell Atrium

Mc Connell front

The atrium in the Mc Connell dorm features various models for growing in urban spaces, including a pallet vertical garden, bamboo trellis, vertical garden towers, and climbers around a sculpture.  Painted wooden signs encourage reconnecting with food systems by consciously supporting local and organic agriculture.  This space is further developing, but not without the help of the community and students who live within the area!