Orientation Leaders Find Passion for Gardening in Community Garden

Orientation Leaders helped kick-off the College’s new Alfred Community GardenThe Alfred State College orientation leaders found a new passion for gardening recently when they spent the day helping to kick-off the College’s new Alfred Community Garden.

The organic garden space, carved out of a fallow field that was formerly part of the landscape development program at the College, is dedicated to helping the community become more sustainable. The Green Team, sponsored by the Institute for Sustainability at Alfred State, is the sponsor of the garden.

“The Alfred Community Garden is what civic engagement is all about: coming together around a shared cause or passion and making something positive happen as a result. Our student leaders wanted to be part of the process of making this garden a reality, and to experience what community gardening means, socially, economically, and environmentally. This was a powerful experience for the students, and I believe many of them will continue to support, advocate for, and make use of the space in the future,” explained Ashley Kehoe, director of Civic Engagement and Student Leadership programs at the college. “The students made a big impact on the garden space by installing a slate patio around a gazebo that had been relocated to the garden space because of construction on campus. They also helped restore the tranquility of the secret garden space.”

”The garden is a gift to the students and the community to help people stay connected to the natural world,” according to Dr. Brian Baker, executive director, Institute for Sustainability.

“Civic engagement is a tradition at Alfred State College that the Orientation Team is proud to carry on. We were not only proud of the work we accomplished, but so thankful for the opportunity to become further involved with our community. When Barbara Pierce (keyboard specialist, Student Activities) first brought up the idea, none of us knew what the Alfred Community Garden was. Now, the team not only knows what the Community Garden is, but is eager to return and continue our involvement. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful opportunity available to us,” said Lisa Reynolds, junior nursing major from Almond.

Twenty-five community gardeners are currently involved in the project. Additional spaces are available to interested parties. Contact the Alfred Community Garden on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlfredGarden.