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Catawba’s Sustainable Garden Grows to 15 Beds

06/27/15 by Juanita Teschner

The Catawba College sustainable garden now has 15 beds full of tomatoes, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli, carrots, beets, strawberries, corn, lettuce and spinach. 

Recent graduates Sloan Kessler and Jonathan Buffkin initiated the idea in the 2013-2014 academic year, and Environmental Stewards Forest Fugate and Joel Schlaudt have assumed leadership positions this year.

“I recently changed my major to Sustainable Business and wanted to become more involved in the department,” Fugate says.

Students are responsible for the plots they have planted. “I wanted to make sure there was as much collaboration and free reign with the plots as possible,” Fugate says.  While part of the harvest will be donated to a group like a food bank or shelter or even the college cafeteria, the gardeners will be able to keep a portion of the vegetables from their personal plots.

In addition to the 12 plots managed by Catawba students, Dr. Jay Bolin’s freshman class will assume responsibility for three beds of domestic and wild corn for their freshman project in the fall. 

“We’ve all been discussing what the best option would be for us moving forward in a way that would honor the original design but also work well for each person involved,” Fugate says.  “I really want to see the garden reach its full potential.”

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