The Garden Program

"The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.
― Wendell Berry

The Saint Michael’s College Organic Garden was established in the Spring of 2008.  It began as a seed planted by two students, an English major and an Art major, with a vision to provide the campus community with a space to learn about how to grow food in an ecologically sound manner.  Since it was founded, the garden has become the most popular program within the Office of Sustainability, with interest and engagement among students and faculty exponentially increasing.  With increased interest brought a need for more space and staff to support the program.  The 1.7 acre Permaculture Site accompanied the quarter acre currently in production during the 2015/2016 school year.  The program now grows on 2 acres of college owned land, is home to a 26x72 foot hoop house, a fruit and berry orchard, raised beds, and 12 – 30x30 foot low-till, deep bed vegetable production field plots.

The Garden Program hosts weekly garden work sessions, a weekly community luncheon during the summer and early fall, and is used by several courses a semester as living laboratory and outdoor classroom.   Countless other events and student groups access the food grown by student gardeners or utilize the space in the garden for their own programming.

To learn more, work in the garden, or develop courses, please read about the gardens, classroom and opportunities to get involved below or contact the Academic Program Coordinator:

Kristyn D. Achilich
Office: Room 2 of 
The Center for Women & Gender
Campus Mail: Box 5