A blog about sustainability efforts and the community garden at Williston

Sustainable Life Fall Harvest 2014

This fall started off with a great gardening session on Sunday, September 21st! Sustainable Life harvested crops that grew throughout the past spring and summer with the help of six amazing members. Most crops were planted in the spring with intent to send them to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in Hatfield. Crops such as potatoes, onions, and squash were harvested on Sunday. In total there was 27lbs of Delicata and winter squash, 17 Lbs. of potatoes (Yukon and Chieftan), two quarts of Brussels sprouts, and a count of 13 yellow onions! Last Friday, the 26th, Mrs. Lucia and Billy Ashenden delivered the crops off to the local Food Bank.

Billy Ashenden delivering our Fall Harvest to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
Billy Ashenden delivering our Fall Harvest to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Several other crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, raspberries, and asparagus can be found in the garden. Sustainable Life has plans of pulling out the rest of the plants in the beds to prepare the soil for the winter by planting a cover crop. Hopefully this cover crop with help maintain the integrity of the soil throughout the cold weeks that will come.

Sustainable Life aims to inform students about their environmental impact in their community and campus. By gardening, students learn about the importance of becoming sustainable and where their food comes from. Gardening also provides students with a love for nature and its gifts. If you wish to join Sustainable Life in making a greater impact on our campus, and the environment, then stop by one of our Thursday night meetings in the Cox room at 5:45!

Sustainable Life members, Sam Mahmood, Billy Ashenden, and Eson Law help harvest a winter squash.
Sustainable Life members, Sam Mahmood, Billy Ashenden, and Eason Law help harvest a winter squash.

June’s Journal

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Just Planted! – last week of May
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June 18- Germinated seeds tower over the weeds

Thank You Class of 2019, for the attractive labels seen in these photos! If you have not taken time to stroll through the community gardens recently, get a glimpse of the growth that has emerged by viewing dated photos of a single bed.

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July 3- Serious bio-accumulation with 2 weeks of mostly sunny weather
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June 18- potato plants emerge from 4″ under the soil

 

 

 

Check out what is happening in other raised beds also. It looks like our plan for a healthy harvest for the Western Mass Food Bank is right on track!

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July 3- growing well after some careful weeding
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June 18- baby squash plants
July 3- Sunflowers and Brussels Sprouts surrounded by weeds!
July 3- Sunflowers and Brussels Sprouts waiting to be weeded!

Community Gardens Promote Collaboration

new beds new nutrients

This student perspective was written by Ryan Dwyer ’19

I had a great time planting the garden at Williston. A lot of preparation was needed. First, a group of around four students planned what they wanted to grow and what vitamins and benefits it had. DSCN6324Before planting, we weeded the garden boxes and added fresh compost made at Williston. On the day of planting, we gathered the seeds and executed our plan. Continue reading

Raised Beds Reconstructed

Ben C building new garden bedsThe garden gets rebuilt!

After six years of producing crops in both the spring and fall seasons, the boxes surrounding the raised beds behind John Wright Dorm were becoming part of the soil. With the help of student Ben Chmielewski through the Work for Williston program, new boxes were built in time for this spring’s planting.

Students in the class of 2019 added compost to the soil in each of the beds and then planted seeds and seedlings in hopes of growing a healthy harvest to help the hungry served by the Western Mass Food Bank. We look forward to sharing a variety of nutrient-rich potatoes, winter squashes, carrots, and Brussels sprouts.

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A blog about sustainability efforts and the community garden at Williston