Projects

The Albany Street Community Garden

This project was started in 2008 by two MIT staff members; MIT Police Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer and Libraries Administrative Assistant and Public Service Support Associate Ryan Gray. Their group now includes over 50 EarthBoxes maintained by faculty and staff. Originally with two locations, the project continues into 2011 at the Albany Street Garage location.  The EarthBoxes are ready to assemble units the size of a small suitcase which yield a large amount of produce and require very minimal maintenance. EarthBoxes are available for purchase through the project. Faculty and Staff participating in the project are required to donate a portion of their harvest to Food for Free.

You can read more about the project from the MIT News Office 2009 press release here.

 

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The Roof-top Community Garden (Eastgate residents)

This project was started in 2011 for residents living in Eastgate Graduate Family Housing on east campus. Student families will install container boxes on the roof top of the high-rise building in an area which was previously under utilized. (Contact Eastgate)

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Westgate Garden Plots (Westgate residents)

These 18 individual garden plots are located alongside Amherst alley. The garden was greatly improved in 2010 and 2011 with a tool shed, signs, fence and perimeter pathway. New plans include composting and a pick-your-own-flowers garden. This is a great opportunity for students and families to grow many of their own fruits, vegetables, and flowers close to home. Gardeners receive a plot through the lottery which opens in the late winter of every year and is advertised via the westgate-activities email list. It is the largest in-ground garden on campus with the largest plot sizes.

Visit westgate.mit.edu/programs for more information

 

The Low-Rise Community Garden (Westgate residents)

This project was started in 2009 by Mia White DUSP ’11, and is continued by Vivian Byrd and other student families. Participants grow strawberries, blueberries, cherry tomatoes and other edibles in a shared garden plot. A core group of participant gardeners and many little helpers share watering, weeding and other maintenance tasks through a coordinated schedule, and encourage other residents to harvest modest portions of what is in season in the the garden.

Visit westgate.mit.edu/programs for more information

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Campus Garden Initiative

A group of Tang, Westgate, and Next House residents aim to implement new community garden space by 2012 to benefit all of the groups on west campus.  Stay tuned for updates from the West Campus Gardening Initiative!

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