Students Request Building Materials for Alfred Community Garden

Posted Date: 
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 2:00pm

The Alfred Community Garden is currently requesting materials to build a storage shed for its garden tools, and members of the college’s Emerging Pioneer Leadership Program (EPLP) are leading the hunt for donations. The garden, now in its fourth planting year, is located on State Route 21 in Alfred on land belonging to Alfred State and is open to members of the campus community, members of the local community, and not-for-profits who wish to learn about and grow produce. Part of its mission is focused on combating local food insecurity through a community-based gardening and nutritional literacy campaign in conjunction with Alfred State and Literacy West NY, Inc.

The EPLP is calling this initiative the Community Garden Gold Project, and they’re currently asking for any donations. “The garden is a great asset to the community, and they really need storage space, so Allana Havernick and I decided that we’d try to find building materials that could be useful,” said EPLP member Danielle Thone, a native of Wappingers Falls and student in the interior design program. Allana Havernick, also an EPLP member, hails from Arcade and is currently studying environmental technology.

“Since the garden does not have the money to buy a shed from scratch, Danielle and I thought we would ask the community for spare building materials that might no longer be needed. We have friends lined up who are willing to pick up materials and build the shed out of the repurposed items,” Allana said. Both girls have reached the gold level in the EPLP program—the second level of a four-tier group advocating student leadership and civic engagement. EPLP members also attend workshops, experience mentor relationships, and participate in meaningful community service as part of the program.

The students are asking members of the community to support their project by donating materials—anything from old or torn down shacks to chicken coops to extra wood or materials already slated for the recycle pile.

Contact Danielle Thone at or Sandra Dennison at for more information.

Community Garden volunteersThe Alfred Community Garden and students from Alfred State’s Emerging Pioneer Leadership Program are asking the community to donate building materials for their garden toolshed project.