A New Era Begins

We'll get back on our regular weekly blog schedule I promise.  We have a good excuse for being off task though.  For those that aren't aware, this past year, former Garden Crew member and SMC alum Erika Bodin (who graduated in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Studies) has been working part-time in the Office of Sustainability on a special project: creating a proposal to move and expand the Organic Garden into a Permaculture/Food Systems Education Research Site.  She actually started this project in her ES Senior Seminar with a few other students in the Spring of 2013.  They were interested in getting a bigger space for students (as well as staff and faculty) to get their hands in the soil to grow food and expand their minds (the site the students were interested in is 1.7 acres versus our current 1/4 acre site).  I could keep going on as to the particulars of the proposal (if you'd like to read it in its entirety, all 30+ pages, email Heather Lynch at hellis@smcvt.edu ).
Anyway.... we recently received news that the college will be supporting this endeavor and Erika will remain working in the Office of Sustainability leading the charge!  To further sweeten this exciting news, the new site is actually a spot on campus that the Edmundites and the MOVE office used to grow food for the local community back in the 1980s-1990s, it was called the Hunger Garden back in the day.  We'll be bringing this back to the SMC community and the community surrounding us!!  We'll post more details as the summer goes on, but right now there is a Permaculture Design Certification course, under the tutelage of Keith Morris (of Prospect Rock Permaculture at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson Vermont) currently take place at SMC.
The students in this course will be designing the new site for us.  This couldn't be more fitting to how we envision what this new space will mean for the college and the students.  The community is going to be involved in every aspect of this project.

In other news, the garden crew has been working very hard getting the garden up and running and things have been germinating like crazy already!  Our lettuce, spinach, kale, radishes, beets, snap peas, swiss chard have all poked through the soil.  The crew is waiting on the carrots, scallions, basil, zinnias and bush beans to make their presence known.  We've also transplanted cabbage, broccoli, onions, rosemary, tomatoes and some marigolds.  This week they'll be putting in our sweet peppers, eggplant and perhaps our watermelon and cantaloupes and lots more!

We are also anxiously awaiting signs of our garlic scapes.


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