Located behind Davis Hall, the SCSU Campus Community Garden faces south and is bathed in bright sun all summer long! Come visit! We grow tomatoes, squash, corn, eggplant, cucumbers, lettuce, kale, herbs, peppers, beets, raspberries, wildflowers, and more.
We use organic gardening methods in the Campus Community Garden! No pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used. When a damaging pest or mildew appears, we work with 100 percent natural solutions to solve the problem. This is done through incorporating barrier or repellent plants, beneficial insects, or do-it-yourself natural fungicides.
Our new partnerships with New Haven Farms and CARE (Community Alliance for Research and Engagement) are helping us improve our farming practices, increase our yield, and connect more effectively with the neighboring community. We donate our produce to local soup kitchens and food pantries, and over the summer, our partnership offers a community garden nutrition program, providing weekly lessons in gardening, cooking, and nutrition, as well as a weekly share of fresh produce, to volunteer families from nearby neighborhoods like West Rock and Newhall.
Every year, we donate hundreds of pounds of the garden's fruits, vegetables, and herbs to local soup kitchens like St. Ann's Soup Kitchen in Hamden. A heartfelt thank-you to all of the SCSU volunteers who have dedicated time effort in the garden to make this possible: Hamden Transition Academy, Botany Club, Day of Service and Big Event volunteers, many INQ classes, SCSU Service Commission, Geo Club, faculty, staff, and interested students. The hand that gives, gathers!
Interested in volunteering at the garden or bringing a group of friends to learn more? Contact Suzie Huminski (firstname.lastname@example.org).