Organic Farming at Wellesley College

This blog documents the progress of organic farming initiatives at Wellesley College. A group of students at Wellesley College has worked since 2007 to create and maintain a productive, ecological, and attractive farm throughout the year, and to create awareness of food justice issues in and beyond our community. Stay tuned for pictures and posts about our plans, setbacks, ideas, and harvest! Special thanks to: Jo and Eliza Murphy for getting this farm started [ read about it at: Wellesley Organic Farm. ] ; to everyone at the greenhouse for helping us learn how to farm [ Wellesley College Greenhouse]; and to the members of Regeneration and the Wellesley community for your continued enthusiasm and support! Thanks for stopping by! Your visit is #
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Happy Harvest! This week the plot is lush with fresh greens. With swiss chard, pok choy, lettuce, and blackberries available for sale next week it’s easy to feel the abundance of summer. 

We saw the last of our peas harvested this week, and we are now preparing to fill their old bed with transplanted flowers. Though the EHSA internship will draw to a close in only two weeks, we have plenty of fruits and vegetables to look forward to through the fall (broccoli, carrots, corn, cucumbers and others will hopefully be waiting for us when we return next semester). 

Peas&Beets,

Chloe

Hey y’alls.
Come to see the result of many hours of toil, blood, and sweat, and for love of COMPOST! We’ll present the awesome work from this semester.  Here are the details:

 

(click this link for the Facebook event)

Food is Not Trash: Redefining Wellesley’s Waste Culture by Composting
The Ruhlman Presentation of Environmental Studies Capstone Class
ES 300: Environmental Decision Making

TOMORROW Wednesday April 24th 2013

Science Center 277, 4:30pm


Yes, Wellesley College will be composting within the next year. 

While many colleges across the country already compost, Wellesley does not yet have an institutionalized system for managing the majority of our organic waste. But that is all about to change. A policy from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will require most institutions in the state to divert organic waste from their waste streams beginning in July 2014. At the request of the Office of Sustainability, the Environmental Studies major capstone class spent the semester researching and developing the most effective strategies to recommend to the college in order to implement campus-wide composting and reduce the amount of food wasted. Wellesley’s compliance with the DEP policy would annually divert approximately 220 metric tons of food waste from incineration.

Come learn the when, where, who, and how of our strategies for implementing sustainable, responsible, and economically feasible composting methods on campus, and see what changes have already been set in motion.

 

Open Farm Day 2013
Thanks to all the Welles (and Northeastern!) farmers who came out last Sunday to lay a HUGE amount of cardboard and compost out at the plot.

And soon… the pergola!  (note measurement of the footprint in Em bodylengths)

Happy Spring! This is just a reminder, that while the plot may still be covered in a nice blanket of snow, one day soon things will be growing there again. So hang in there! 

Pictures from some of the farm stands this fall, to sustain us through the long winter months ahead with memories of abundance. If you missed our farm stand in the fall, check back soon— our cold frames should be up and running this winter! 

A little anonymous love/critical commentary via senior decorations for Robert Paarlberg, a Wellesley professor and the author of Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know. 

Intrepid Regen members headed out last weekend for a foraging walk on Wellesley’s campus, led by New England foraging expert Russ Cohen. More info from walking and talking with him to come — but for now, enjoy a glimpse of some of the plants we met! 

It’s 5:30 am… do you know where your farm is? Regeneration does!

We had a glorious early morning work day. This frosty morn saw the start of this season’s sheet mulching — getting a jump on those dang ruderals. Here’s to a long season full of water retention, a healthy soil microfloral community, and NO WEEDS. 

campuscultivation:

Register. Deadline is TODAY! Monday! March 26th! You know you want to.

IT’S GOING TO BE A DOOZY

Today at 12:30 in Pendleton Atrium: Come hear about the experiences of Wellesley students on volunteer trips on organic farms all over the globe with WWOOF, an international network connecting organic farms and volunteers. 

Where can I go? France, India, Scotland, the US…essentially anywhere on  the planet.

What would I do? Help on an organic farm in exchange for room and board, for as long or short as you want. 

Could I do it? Yes.  Even with no gardening or farming experience whatsoever. 
What the heck is it like? Well, you’ll have to come to the panel for that one. 

Join us with a scrumptious catered sandwich from El Table for stories and pictures from students who’ve done it. 
See you at lunch! 

veganadventures:

Dinnerrr Roasted home-fries from potatoes from my dads garden.  Vegan mayo to dip fries into (it’s so good!)  Sautéed kale from Regeneration (local produce) and sautéed zucchini from Regenetation as well.  I love good food.

Awww yeah!  That looks so good!  Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the shout-out!

veganadventures:

Dinnerrr Roasted home-fries from potatoes from my dads garden. Vegan mayo to dip fries into (it’s so good!) Sautéed kale from Regeneration (local produce) and sautéed zucchini from Regenetation as well. I love good food.

Awww yeah!  That looks so good!  Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the shout-out!

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