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.
The community garden did a lot of growing while you were away! As you are settling back into school life, include some time to check out this colorful section of your campus. The plan of the Sustainable Life Club is to make salsa with the ripening produce. Learn more at the activities fair on September 12.
September is a fruitful time in a summer food garden! The Williston Community Gardens are lush and green despite the hot, dry summer that has affected agriculture across the nation. Check out the web links in the right hand margin for more information on the state of our food belt and to explore an interactive drought map. Continue reading →