Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.63
Liaison Dennis Carlberg
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2011
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Boston University
ER-T2-2: Organic Garden

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Meredith Withelder
Sustainability Intern
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Does the institution have an on-campus garden where students are able to gain organic farming and/or gardening experience?:

A brief description of the garden:

The Boston University Greenhouse sits atop the Stone Science Center at the College of Arts and Sciences where it has been utilized and enjoyed in various capacities since the building's construction in 1930. The space is currently shared between the Organic Gardening Club (OGC), a student group dedicated to growing plants and sharing knowledge, and a few faculty members of the Geography and Environment Department who incorporate hands-on greenhouse research into their coursework.

The OGC is a group of students with varied experiences and skill levels united by an interest in growing plants and community without the use of harmful chemical fertilizers or pesticides. They meet regularly to garden, share tips, and socialize. Plants are grown in a wide variety of containers, including a recently constructed 4'x12' raised bed. Plants such as tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, corn, sunflowers, carrots, radishes, peppers, and various kinds of lettuce and herbs are grown and managed collectively by students during periodic workdays, with a schedule for regular weeding and watering. Several worm compost bins provide a nutritious and renewable soil amendment to supplement purchased organic potting soils and fertilizers. The Greenhouse also houses a small library and serves as a meeting place for other green groups on campus.

The website URL where information about the garden is available:

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