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Evolution of a teaching garden

As Susan Clayton reported earlier, the college’s teaching garden had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony several weeks back, and I wanted to take this moment to describe the garden in a little more detail. The plot is about 65′ long and … Continue reading

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Where Does the Food Go?

Here is a second update from Lauren Vargo, one of our students doing an urban gardening internship this summer with the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Green Corps program.  Read her first update here. * * * * * Several weeks ago … Continue reading

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Urban gardening part 3

Here is the third in our series of mid-summer updates from three COW students working at urban gardening initiatives in Cleveland.  This one is from Andrew Smiles, a rising senior, who is working in the same program as Lauren Vargo, … Continue reading

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Urban gardens: Possibilities, yes, but many challenges

Here is an update from Lauren Vargo, a rising junior who is serving a summer internship with a very different kind of urban gardening program than Alex (see recent entry).   Lauren’s program, Green Corps, is much older and more established … Continue reading

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Working the land…. and asphalt in Cleveland, OH

Here is an update from Alex Haas, a rising sophomore who is serving a summer internship with a new and ambitious urban gardening venture in Cleveland.  Urban gardening is just what it sounds like, the cultivation of crops and even … Continue reading

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Class project from ENVS 230 makes the library newsletter

A class project from last fall in which students in ENVS 230 “Sustainable Agriculture:  Theory & Practice” (formerly known as “Innovations in Agroecology”)  is featured in the current edition of the College Library’s newsletter. In this project, students paired up … Continue reading

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College students love Local Roots!

Here’s a great blog posting from sophomore Colleen O’Neil’s own blog about stocking up on winter cooking supplies from Local Roots, the one-of-a-kind in the nation, all-local food cooperative that started up a little over a year ago in downtown … Continue reading

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The COW Patch makes the local press

Here’s a nice article about our very own COW Patch, the campus garden just to the east of the Wooster Inn.  What started as a WooCorps has turned into a multi-pronged endeavor that includes produce going to feed our own … Continue reading

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A thriving, student-managed farm program

Over the Fall Break weekend I had the good fortune of visiting Warren Wilson College, one of seven “work colleges” operating in the United States.  Work colleges are distinguished by the fact that some form of labor is notmerely an … Continue reading

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Manures, animal and plant: Preparing a garden for the winter

From large farms to small gardens, around this time of the year there is an unfortunate tendency to harvest the last of the fall crops and then simply leave the fields or beds to their own devices over the winter.  … Continue reading

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