Sustainable Dining - Skidmore Community Garden
Dining Services in partnership with the Skidmore Community Garden
In April 2009, the volunteers from the Environmental Action Club, with the support of Facilities Services, broke ground to create the Skidmore College Student Garden. In 2014, there was an opportunity to bring the garden to a more central, visible location on campus. Students, staff, and faculty, and administration worked together to find a suitable location for the new garden and chose Wiecking Green. The new location is more accessible, highly visible, and invites everyone to enter and enjoy the space. During this planning process, the group decided to change the name of the garden to the Skidmore Community Garden, representative of the collaborative process and inclusivity that the garden's mission strives to achieve. Students, staff, faculty, and other community members are always welcome to enjoy the garden space as a place for rest, reflection, fun, and learning.
The garden supplies local food, grown using organic practices, to Skidmore's dining hall. It facilitates a connection to, and appreciation for, the food that we eat in the Dining Hall and offers hands-on learning opportunities for the Skidmore community. The garden provides an outlet for community members interested in environmental issues, social justice, and economic sustainable development to learn about the local food movement and the ecology of food. In its first season the garden produced over 1,100 lbs of food and the the students hosted a "harvest dinner" that served over 150 students food that was either produced by the student garden or donated by The Saratoga Farmer's Market. Please click here to learn more about the beginnings of the Skidmore Student Garden.
2014 Season - Volunteers broke ground on the new Skidmore Community Garden in April, and began shaping beds and planting seeds soon after. The season continues to be successful, not only growing healthy crops but engaging community members. Multiple work parties throughout the summer brought faculty, staff, and students together, and campus visitors continuously visited to ask questions. We expect the garden to continue growing into the fall semester, where more students will have an opportunity to enjoy the space.
- August 2012 Article on the Skidmore student garden, "More than just veggies"
- Student Garden site
- "Can Ya Dig It?" - Student Garden blog
- Student Garden on Facebook
- Pre-Orientation Experience for Agricultural Sustainability (PEAS)
- The Real Food Challenge