Cummings Community Garden

Cummings Community Garden

How appealing is the idea of having fresh, local, organic produce all summer long? If you venture behind Building 21, you’ll come across the Cummings Community Garden, where campus members are able to grow a variety of regional vegetables and herbs.

The community garden is an organic vegetable garden on campus that is open to students, faculty, hospital staff, and anyone else affiliated with Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Four years ago, Emily Anderson (V17) started the garden as a way for the Tufts community to practice sustainability by growing local produce. Though the location and layout have changed, the garden still provides an opportunity for members to enjoy fresh vegetables in an environmentally responsible manner.

Getting the garden running and maintaining it is truly a community effort. Farm supervisor Jim Phillips tills the garden each year and provides us with manure and compost from campus to enrich the soil. Staff, faculty, and students prepare the garden and plant crops to harvest throughout the summer and fall. Librarian Betsy Like sets up and maintains the garden’s WordPress to facilitate communication and updates between members.

Garden members harvest broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, cilantro, parsley, and other produce. Any extra that we harvest is sold at the Travis Fund Farmers Market on campus: all proceeds go to help owners cover unanticipated costs associated with veterinary care at Tufts.

All levels of gardening experience are welcome! Even if you have never done more than picked up some dirt in your hands, we’re happy to have you participate. You’ll be amazed by how much you’ll learn from other gardeners. The time commitment is minimal – only an hour or two per week weeding and harvesting is expected from each member. This year, the garden will be divided into four group plots, each deciding what to plant. Another exciting addition involves thinking about bees; we will be planting local flowers and vegetables for pollinators.

 

If you are interested in participating in the community garden, feel free to email delaney.honeyford@tufts.edu to be added the garden listerv.

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