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Community Garden

Researched, funded, and managed by students, the Colgate Community Garden grows farm fresh herbs and vegetables for all students to enjoy.
Students stand in front of the Colgate Community garden.


2009 - The garden concept originated as an ENST 480 student report by Megan Cronin '10, Teddi Hofmann '10, Maria Kryachko '10 and Kate Pavelich '10. Many individuals and student groups rallied behind the idea, including the Class of 2010 who dedicated their class gift towards the startup cost of the proposed garden, and Green Thumbs (club leaders Emily Sabo '11 and Halley Parry '11, adviser Professor Chris Henke).

2010 - On June 2, 2010, ground was broken beside the Newell Apartments and the Colgate Community Garden became a reality. Two student interns (Stacey Marion and Rob Jeffrey) were hired to manage the garden. 

2014 - The garden was moved from its location by the Newell Apartments to Route 12B, south of the Townhouse Community, to avoid frequent flooding and to provide room for a greenhouse. 

2016 - The greenhouse collapsed due to Winter Storm Stella. While it is unfortunate, the garden team are currently thinking of exciting ideas with what to replace the greenhouse with.

2017 - The garden welcomed its new residents - honey bees! Students concerned with the local honey bee population collaborated with Chartwells, the university's dining services, to bring two beehives to the garden. This also resulted to the creation of the Beekeeping Club  with president Isabel Dove '19 and club adviser Professor Ian Helfant (who owns 10 hives himself!). 

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Mission of the Garden

  • Serve as an educational space providing student interns and campus community members first-hand opportunities to learn about gardening and small-scale agriculture.
  • Raise awareness of local food production, sustainable agriculture, and the campus food cycle.
  • Increase local food options available to students through a student-run farm stand on campus.
  • Serve as a place of interaction and positive engagement that further strengthens the bond within the Colgate community and with our Hamilton neighbors.

What do we grow?

Half of all we grow are donated to Hamilton Food Cupboard while the other half is divided among the dining hall and the weekly farm stand.

All produce
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Flowers
  • Watermelon
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Swiss chard
  • Herbs
  • Kohlrabi
  • Pumpkins
  • Raspberries
  • Gourds
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Beets

Get Involved

To get involved with the community garden, get in touch with Green Thumbs, the student group primarily responsible for the garden and its operations. If you are interested in our apiary, contact the Beekeeping Club.

Activities in the garden:

    • Potlucks for community plot members
    • Work Parties
    • Open Volunteer Hours
    • Volunteer groups
    • Student research projects