05 Jun '12, 5pm

Farming on the Campus Quad

Farming on the Campus Quad

University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, planting tomatoes in a garden on campus. Picture the archetypal college campus: venerable Gothic stone buildings, maple leaves aflame in autumn colors and students lounging with books on a wide, open lawn. Grassy quadrangles are staples on most college campuses. But maybe all that soil can be put to a different use: a handful of colleges and universities have planted small student-run farms on formerly grassy areas in recent years. This seems to raise the broader question of whether the quad, which gobbles water and fertilizer but produces very little, is outmoded in an era of sustainable thinking . Luscious greenery doesn’t grow naturally where I went to school, the University of Colorado, Boulder, which sits on arid plains at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Yet that didn’t stop th...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/farming-on-the-...

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grist.org 12 Jun '12, 12pm

Will Allen. (Photo by Growing Power .) In his new autobiographical book, The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, P...