Bowdoin Organic Garden

Winding Down 2012

Story posted October 05, 2012

As another BOG season comes to a close and the fall solstice somehow managed to speed by us without looking back, the changing environment prompts us to reflect on the past season: another giant winter squash haul, perfect sunshine almost every harvest day, new friends in the garden, new pest problems to deal with (the turkeys must be hungrier this year than normal), and another wheat experiment.  All this in addition to a new garden manager.  In May we welcomed Sara Cawthon to the BOG.

A few weekends ago, Sara and Matt cranked out gallons of cider at Greenstock using an old cider press borrowed from Morris Farm.  Sara's favorite interaction from the weekend was with a student who asked, "What's in this?" to which Sara replied, "Apples."  Then came the exasperated question, "You mean there are no spices?!"  I get it.  That first taste of fresh apple cider is always delicious in a way that is both unbelievable and somewhat confusing.

Fall is a wonderful and busy time at the garden.  We hosted a volunteer day with one of the Orientation groups, another with the new EcoReps and yet another for Common Good Day.  Ben Hewitt, author of The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food, and Making Supper Safe: One Man's Quest to Learn the Truth About Food Safety, visited our plot on South Street and took a tour at the Pleasant Hill field last week before his evening talk at the college.  Local food is such a hot topic and it was exciting to speak about and show off the good things Bowdoin Dining is doing to participate in the local food movement.

Remember that if you have a class or a group that you think might benefit from a trip to the garden or a talk from Sara, the BOG manager, please send an email.  While there is little left to harvest now, we could always use extra hands to help put the garden to bed.

The proof is in the eggplant.

"The proof is in the eggplant."
— Marielle Matthews

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