Garden Timeline

Spring 2015

  • The Lafayette Food and Farm Cooperative—LaFFCo forms to try to rally student interest in and work on the farm

Winter 2015

  • Applied for funding for grant to create 2 native plant gardens, one edible and one to preserve the swale
  • Excel Student Researcher Joe Ingrao continues working with Sarah to plan the 2015 season in cooperation with Chef John from Dining Services

Fall 2014

  • Market continues until grand finale right before Thanksgiving
  • LaFarm celebrates with new Environmental Science Colleagues with a picnic composed of food entirely from LaFarm

Summer 2014

  • Solar powered irrigation pump finally installed
  • With the new well, the farm begins using a drip irrigation system
  • LaFarm gains extra an extra 50ft of land on each side to separate from neighboring field
  • Excel Student Researcher Joe Ingrao begins studying farm infrastructure with Sarah
  • Several part time student workers and researcher begin forming connections with other local farmers through arranged tours and volunteering through Sarah
  • Student garden restarts selling produce directly to students and faculty
  • Professor Drummond of Biology and 2 students restart monitoring of Milkweed garden

Spring 2014

  • A well and solar powered pump for irrigation are planned and began to be constructed
  • Technology and Nature class led by Prof Cohen works with the farm to publish a book about food and agriculture in the Lehigh Valley
  • LaFarm partners with the local Switchback Pizza Company for a Sustainable Pizza celebration

Fall 2013

  • Sarah, Prof. Cohen, and two student workers, Joseph Ingrao and Brooke Fisher, present workshop at LVAIC Sustainability Conference about LaFarm

Summer 2013

  • Begin selling produce to Bon Apetit
  • Begin donating surplus vegetables to VIC
  • Several part time student workers tend the garden carefully during its transition to our new manager

Spring 2013

  • Farm Gazebo constructed by the Green Building Club
  • Vegetables in the Community (VIC) project started by Tech Clinic
  • Lafayette switches Dinning Services to Bon Appetit
  • The garden gets a swale

Spring-Fall 2012

  • Experienced farmer Sarah Edmonds hired as new manager for LaFarm
  • The garden gets an Apiary from that is tended by professors from the biology department

Fall 2011

  • Produce sold at Orientation farm market
  • Produce used in food tasting demonstrations during special events on campus
  • Paid research student position extended
  • Received $5,000 grant from Mellon Foundation for materials
Click on this image to see a visual timeline of the Jenn Bell years!

Click on this image to see a visual timeline of the Jenn Bell years!

Summer 2011

  • Full time job position created for Garden Manager and Environmental Project Coordinator funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for 1-year period: Jenn
  • Produce given to campus restaurant and sold at markets
  • Two part time students’ positions and full time research student work at garden
  • Research student, Julia Seidenstein studies organic pest control methods

Spring 2011

  • Sustainable Food class project builds window planters for growing seedlings to plant at garden out of recycled materials
  • Became partner with Buy Fresh, Buy Local Lehigh Valley

Fall 2010

  • Begin selling veggies at campus farm markets on Friday afternoons
  • Received approval from campus dining services, Sodexo to begin serving vegetables in campus dining halls

Summer 2010

  • Two part-time job work/study student positions paid for by College
  • Full time research student, Jenn, looked into and tested organic weed control methods

Spring 2010

  • Civil Engineering Design Course
  • Garden featured on two TV shows: PBS and local channel WFMZ 69
  • Biology department grows milkweed for experiment to monitor Monarch butterflies

Fall 2009

  • Community Garden Harvest Party! First year had ups and downs, but there were no downs at this shindig!

Summer 2009

  • Student Farm harvest began: brought to Safe Harbor, local homeless shelter serving 2 meals per day to residents
  • Discussions with dining services began about the possibility to serve food in dining halls
  • Built tool shed
  • Full time research student, Jenn, worked with Dave Brandes and Andy Smith
  • Creation of this website!
  • College receives grant from DEP to create large scale food waste composting program

Spring 2009

  • Built fence with tons of volunteers: students, faculty, staff, administration, kids, everyone came out to help!
  • Rainwater collection system built as civil engineering class project
  • Purchase of garden equipment through grant and student club funding
  • Established garden layout
  • Planting of student garden
  • Opening of Community Garden
  • Food and Technology course creates garden layouts plans as class project

Winter 2009

  • Secured funding from Clinton Foundation to start garden
  • Secured land from college administration
  • Began preliminary planning and direction of project: community + student garden idea
  • Background research on other College Farms
  • Jenn and Professor Kney speak at University Hunger Summit Conference

Summer 2008

  • Previously, students created small-scale food waste composting program
  • Grew Corn on the Quad as part of first-year orientation themed “Live Green Lafayette”
  • Visited Dickinson College Farm and became inspired to start something at Lafayette
  • Applied for Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award to fund garden
  • Began discussion with administration of possibility

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