We are a student organization with a mission to create food gardens and similar green spaces on campus for the benefit and use of the Haverford community. We seek to reconnect the Haverford community to the physical landscape and to the process of food production that is rooted in the land. By providing spaces for sustainable food production and education, the Haverford Garden Initiative contributes to Haverford’s commitment to environmental sustainability. We envision the gardens as both academic and recreational spaces where students and other community members can work alongside one another for fun, for educational purposes, or for research projects.
More concretely, we are currently responsible for the Student Garden found in the Haverford College Apartments (off of Ardmore Avenue). Our organization is successfully growing a large quantity of vegetables including tomatoes, green beans, peppers, lettuces, cucumbers, potatoes, radishes, beets, onions, peas, cauliflower, and herbs. In the coming year, we hope to move to a larger site on campus and to secure funding for an official campus farm.