Story About a New College Campus Garden Project at Bennington

A Campus Garden Grows (by Dana Wolfson - National Young Farmers’ Coalition Blog)

EXCERPT: School garden and farming projects are popping up all over the country. In the fall of 2009, a group of Bennington College students began organizing around the idea that eating is a political act. We formed the Bennington Sustainable Food Project (a nod to the project that Yale had so expertly founded), and began working on defining our goals, and writing a project proposal. Last summer we were able to initiate the inaugural, pilot student garden internship. With seeds generously donated by High Mowing Organic Seeds, we ventured full force into making the garden a reality. Two students worked as paid interns, and planned, planted, and maintained the student garden throughout the summer. The Student Garden is a resource for students, faculty, staff and Bennington community members. It serves as an educational tool used to develop knowledge of sustainable garden practices, as well as an experiential and self-guided classroom. It is also an outlet for community outreach, connecting summer garden interns with youth programs and local non-profits, strengthening communication, collaboration, and education between Bennington College and the greater Bennington community...

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