MCLA Vegetable Garden
The MCLA garden is a vegetable garden on the campus of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in North Adams, MA. MCLA is a public liberal arts college of ~1600 students in rural western Massachusetts. Since 2007 we have strived to improve and expand the garden each year, despite not having regular funding and depending solely on volunteer efforts. Unfortunately, we have yet to receive regular financial support from the College. Each year we have depended on grants and donations for purchasing tools, seeds, plants, native shrubs (to replace the exotic privet hedgerow), stakes, mulch, compost bins and snacks for our workdays. Our garden is directly adjacent to the College Admissions building and along a major city street running through campus. Thus, we have the benefit of being highly visible to prospective students, their families and the surrounding community. This location also means we must maintain a highly attractive, productive and welcoming gardenscape.
The purpose of the MCLA Campus Garden is to serve as a learning laboratory for sustainable agriculture. Our vision is to use this garden as a site for students and community members to learn how to produce their own food in an environmentally friendly manner. Thus, our goals are to 1) produce good food, 2) continually learn and practice sustainable gardening, 3) promote and educate others about sustainable gardening, and 4) have fun while doing it!
There are many individuals who benefit from this garden. This campus garden provides a “low-stakes” opportunity for anyone interested gardening, sharing their gardening knowledge, and enjoying the harvest! Members of both the college and town are invited to weekly workdays between April and October. Students learn about sustainable gardening by completing internships in the garden and completing projects in courses.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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