Produce from the half-acre garden, located near the Newell student apartments, also has been donated to the local food cupboard and sold at the village of Hamilton farmers market.
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.