The Princeton Garden Project seeks to provide the Princeton Community with an open educational space in which to work towards increased sustainability while cultivating organic agriculture.
What We Are Growing
The Garden Project is growing a wide array of fruits, roots, greens, vegetables and flowers for the 2017 season. In March, we started our earliest seedlings in the greenhouse even as there was still snow on the ground. Cucumbers, onions, both sweet and hot peppers, broccoli and pumpkins are all started in the greenhouse. We have two varieties of tomatoes along with squash and pumpkins (which are all technically fruit). Our long-lasting root crops include potatoes, radishes, and carrots. We hope to grow multiple plantings of a number of greens, among them spinach, arugula, kale, and lettuce mix. This season we also plan to produce beans and peas and introduce sunflowers alongside the fence. We hope to create a garden space which is both beautiful and which has great productive capacity.
What We Do
The Garden Project at Forbes College, a student initiative overseen by the Office of Sustainability in partnership with Forbes College, aims to provide a space of learning, experimentation and collaboration in which students can think through issues of food politics, sustainability, health and the environment. We seek to provoke thought and discussion about food systems and their implications for the environment, health and nutrition, culture and the future by modeling sustainable food production and providing fresh, organic, chemical-free produce for the Forbes Dining Hall, the campus Farmers’ Market, local vendors and special campus events. We also hope to provide a “magic” space accessible to the University community for meetings, socializing, relaxing, and hosting sustainability-related events! Most of all, we provide a place for students to get their hands dirty and learn how to plant, grow and harvest a variety of organic veggies, herbs, and fruits!
Agriculture continues to be a leading source of negative environmental impact. Overuse of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer is compounded by soil leaching to create chemical runoff that contaminates water bodies. The average meal is transported an estimated 1,500 miles from farm to plate. Our dependence on fuel for food production contributes to pollution, loss of biodiversity and climate change. Eating foods that are sprayed with chemicals, harvested before natural ripeness and transported thousands of miles affects ecological, social and economic systems in ways that are not immediately evident or well understood by the majority of the population. The Garden Project does not seek to fulfill the gastronomic needs of the campus at large, although it regularly provides Forbes with herbs and salad bar vegetables and inspires special dinners, study breaks and student events. Rather, the Garden Project offers the opportunity for students to learn about the diversity of local crops and crop varieties and to cultivate an appreciation for the time, effort and resources needed to produce what we eat.
We can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The garden is located at 79 Alexander Street just north of Forbes, see map for more details.