Eat the Lawn

Eat the LawnThose of us who were on campus over the summer enjoyed a harvest of home-grown vegetables, thanks to members of the student groups Farm Club and Food Truth. Last spring the students designed and planted (with help from others) a community vegetable garden on a section of lawn between Olin and Boliou. According to Katie Blanchard ’10 (Petoskey, Mich.), who planned the garden as a studio art independent study project, the purpose was to make food production a central part of Carleton’s campus and to demonstrate that food crops and ornamental plants can coexist. Sunflowers border the garden, and nasturtiums, nicotiana, and chrysanthemums flower next to vegetables and herbs. A sign marking the garden encourages passersby to “Eat the Lawn”—and that’s just what we’ve been doing. Early in the season, we harvested lettuce, chard, and mustard greens; later on, peppers, cherry tomatoes, squash, beans, and other veggies were ripe for the picking. The students hope to replant the garden next year.

Web Extra: learn more at eatthelawn.wordpress.com.

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