It is the mission of the Organic Garden to create a garden of abundant nourishment; nourishment for the community, the mind, the body, and the future. The philosophy of the Garden is to foster an environment filled with agricultural experimentation. An example of this experimentation is shown through the Garden opportunity implement different cultures, such as horticulture, permaculture, and aquaculture. The practice of these cultures allow for people involved with the Organic Garden to learn through experience. Along with knowledge, the Garden teaches gardeners and guests to have a greater appreciation for food. Watching and assisting a plant from seed to harvest can offer someone a new perspective on the value of food--a commodity that can so often be taken for granted in the era of GMO and mass production.
The Organic Garden grows a wide variety of both annual and perennial vegetables, fruits, and herbs. In an effort to improve soil fertility, the Organic Garden accepts contributions of food scraps from Whitman students and community members. In the simple but effective compost system, the Garden turns the contributed waste into soil rich with organic matter and microbes ready to churn and aerate wherever they may be. In its entirety, the Garden's purpose is to provide a space where students and community members can hangout, play with chickens, get dirty in the soil, and enjoy the process of creatively growing, and hopefully eating, food.
Open Garden is an event when the garden is open to anyone and everyone who wants to be involved. Open Gardens are held on every week on Fridays (4-6p.m.) and Sundays (10-12 a.m.). Additionally, there may be other Open Gardens throughout the week; however, this is entirely dependant on the availability of the club president, vice president or the budget manager. Unfortunately, during winter months Open Gardens are less frequent and not held every week due to weather constraints. (Information about Open Gardens is offered through the Whitman College listserv firstname.lastname@example.org and on a Facebook page titled: Whitman College Organic Garden-- a public group)
Adviser: Susanne Altermann (email@example.com)