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MCLA Campus Garden History


2008:
The current site is adopted as the location for the new MCLA Campus Garden. Soils are tested and amended with mulch and manure for a successful first growing season.

2009: Under Professor Emily Demoor's active leadership, campus and community involvement grows! A vibrant group of volunteers grows broccoli, kale, beans, nasturtiums, and many other vegetables. The MCLA garden is filmed as part of a documentary on farming in the Berkshires, Place of Stones, by Sharon Wyrrick.  

2010: The garden expands to a second, sunnier site next to the Philosophy House. The current location next to Admissions is designated the Meditation Garden and production focuses on flowers and herbs. Aramark, the MCLA dining services contractor, donates $500 to the garden. These funds were used to purchase tools and other equipment.

2011: The 2010 site is abandoned because it is designated as the future location for the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation. Vegetable production resumes at the original location by the Office of Admission. 

2012: The hedge row of exotic privet shrubs is manually removed and replanted with a variety of native shrubs. The garden participates in the "Grow a Row" program and donates garden produce to the Friendship Center on Eagle Street.

2013: The garden hosts the The Good Earth class, gets help from volunteer MCLA Service Day crews, celebrates a Garlic Planting party in October, and distributes produce to various MCLA campus offices. This is our first year growing butternut squash, borage, and spinach! Efforts resume to remove the invasive Norway Maple from the southwest side of the garden.