Produce from the half-acre garden, on Route 12B, just south of the Colgate townhouses, is served on campus and also donated to the local food cupboard. The relocation of the garden from its previous location near the Newell Apartments provides a flood-free environment and access to a greenhouse.
The garden concept originated in 2009 when members of the Class of 2012 and ENST 480 students Megan Cronin '10, Teddi Hofmann '10, Maria Kryachko '10, and Kate Pavelich '10 completed a feasibility report
as a class project.
The concept was then presented to and supported by the Sustainability Council
Many individuals and several student groups rallied to the cause. The student group Green Thumbs
, led the charge along with Club leaders Emily Sabo '11 and Halley Parry '11, adviser Professor Chris Henke
, and sustainability coordinator John Pumilio. A 2010 Green Summit student group also helped carry the torch by dedicating their effort to the garden.
Two student interns (Stacey Marion and Rob Jeffrey) were then hired to establish the garden. They in turn hired a consultant (Stacey Nagle) to assist them with this process. On June 2, 2010, ground was broken and Colgate's Community Vegetable Garden became reality.
During the summer of 2014, the garden was moved from its location by the Newell Apartments to Route 12B, south of the Townhouse Community.