Last week, members of the Princeton Garden Project spent a Wednesday afternoon tending the patch, which lies a short grassy walk away at 79 Alexander Street. After a few short hours of work, students had transplanted blueberries, turned compost, planted a cover crop, and began preparations for wintering the garden. The pumpkins featured with this article were cultivated during the workday on Saturday, October 10.
Sprawling over a quiet, beautiful 1.5 acres, the garden grows familiar salad staples like tomatoes and peppers as well as herbs and seasonal gems including pumpkins (current) and squash and watermelon over the summer. The garden exists in three parts: the main garden plot at 79 Alexander, a mini garden/greenhouse alongside Forbes, and an herb garden at Frist.
The mission statement of the garden, which had its first producing season in 2007, is that "[t]he Princeton Garden project seeks to provide the Princeton Community with an accessible, welcoming educational space in which to explore organic agriculture, food politics and sustainability through hands-on learning, experimentation, and dialogue."
If you would like to be involved with the garden project, join the team for a workday:
Now's the time to join the team so you can veg out with classmates and watch the--literal--fruits of your labor come spring and summer.
All facts and information about the garden were gathered from the Princeton Garden Project website.