Mike Lee chats with Karen and the interns
|The raised bed and permeable pavement.|
Mike Lee and the garden’s volunteers maintain the garden, weeding, watering, and whatever else the plants might need. Having no past gardening experience, Mike has done wonders with the garden, and states “there is so much to learn”. Mike sees the garden as a pilot project: if it is successful Mike hopes the university will start larger projects. He has identified many areas that would be ideal for potential urban agriculture and campus farms. The plans for the immediate future are to have several courses and professors become involved in the garden in integrated science programs doing project-based learning. Mike hopes to coordinate with next year’s summer day camps and high schools that need volunteer opportunities.
Hamilton Eat Local looks forward to the future of this garden and is excited to see where Mike will take it next. “I have had a few spots in mind for a project just like this in the core,” says Project Manager Burson, “But while we’ve had other major projects on the go we haven’t been able to start one. Having the right partners in place would change all of that, and I have to say I’d love the idea of collaborating on a teaching garden as a research project with McMaster or with Mohawk College”. Let’s see what ideas will take root this winter!
|Peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes in the community garden.|