Westminster's organic garden is a space for students to collectively grow, eat, and learn more about fresh and healthy food. The garden includes raised vegetable beds, a teaching/gathering space, a permaculture spiral, and compost tumblers. Student employees and volunteers plant and maintain the garden. Anyone can join garden workdays to learn more about growing food and build community. On harvest days, fresh produce is available to volunteers and surplus produce is donated to The Purple Basket, Westminster's food and basic needs pantry located on the first floor of Carleson Hall. The Purple Basket ensures consistent access to nourishing and affordable food options on campus.
Location: Follow the path (marked with a bike collective sign) across from the North Parking Structure entrance on 1200 East.
Other Food-Related Projects
Orchard and Bee Hive
South of Giovale Library you can find fruit trees and beehives. The hives are maintained by students and provide honey and wax. Students can attend workshops about beekeeping, participate in a guided visit to the hives, or be employed as beekeepers.
When it is cold outside, the garden program uses the campus greenhouse to grow microgreens and other plants. The space is also used to get vegetables started for the spring garden.
The Environmental Center inspires students to be passionate about the planet and encourages us to follow our passions by supporting our own ideas and projects. The community that the center has welcomed me into has been one of the best aspects of my student worker position.
/ Kara Kornhauser ('19)