Initiated by a group of students in 2005, the Bowdoin Organic Garden is operated by the College's Dining Service and includes a year-round garden manager and part-time personnel, students and volunteers. In addition to growing vegetables, fruit and flowers for use in the College's dining halls, it provides research opportunities for the faculty, and agricultural experiences and events for the greater College community. The Garden is presently located on two plots of land on campus at the corner of South Street and Coffin Street (behind Osher Hall), and at 52 Harpswell Road. The Harpswell Road property sits at the edge of campus and includes a residence hall, a half-acre of growing space and an historic barn. The property was developed utilizing principles of sustainable landscaping, including rain water collection and composting. The proximity to campus and larger, on-site storage greatly improves efficiency and provides an identifiable home location for the Garden. Recently, the College obtained approval by Maine Organic Farmers & Gardener's Association to designate the site as certified organic. The new garden location has opened up academic research possibilities for faculty and students, and allows for more convenient student and community volunteering.