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Skidmore Community Garden

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.

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