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College’s Community Garden Begins Harvests

July 28, 2021
Sakho Littler and Ian Clifford

Onions have been delivered. Corn and tomatoes are on the way. Harvest season has begun for the Eco-House community garden on Oak Street, across from the J.A. Albertson Activities Center parking lot.

The garden is being maintained over the summer by the College’s sustainability stewards, Ian Clifford and Sakho Littler. Everything that is grown in the garden is being donated to the College’s food pantry, which helps fight food insecurity for the campus community.

“With our Environmental Leadership Initiative grant money, we will likely buy more fruit trees or other plants for the garden,” said Clifford, who will be a junior in the fall, majoring in English and environmental studies. “Though some of those won't produce this year, they will in future years and hopefully make the garden more appealing for future generations of C of I students to upkeep.”

Clifford and Littler say they’ve done two harvests with more to come. Corn, tomatoes, peppers, and carrots are among the items that are still ripening just across the street from the campus. And the deliveries have been a welcomed sight for the food pantry.

“When Ian and Sakho first approached the food pantry about the possibility of receiving their fresh produce, we were thrilled. Even more exciting was the first delivery of cabbage and green beans two or three weeks ago, followed by onions and basil this week,” said Tammy Harris of the Student Affairs department, who oversees the pantry. “To have local, home-grown, organic produce is a treat and it has been very well-received, and goes quickly.”

For more information on the community garden or the College’s sustainability stewards, contact the Outdoor Program. The no-cost food pantry, located in the McCain Student Center, is open Tuesdays and Fridays during the summer from 4 to 6 p.m. The hours will likely change once school resumes in September. The pantry has both perishable and non-perishable items. It is not limited to students – staff and faculty are welcome to visit the pantry.

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