The Bates Garden
As of the spring of 2018, Bates has an organic garden! Affectionately called ‘The Plot’, produce goes directly to Bates Dining to be served in Commons. Recent harvests have included tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, summer squash, kale, and onions. Through tireless work over this past summer by Bates students, The Plot is in full production mode. The garden is completely student operated, but would not be possible without all the great support from Bates Dining and our sustainability manager Tom Twist.
You can get to the Plot by walking northeast on College Street from campus, and turning left onto Russell Street. Continue along for about 0.2 miles and bear left onto the entrance to the Plot.
The Plot has a big year ahead of it. We are aiming to supply Commons with as much fresh produce as we can! This is only possible with the cooperation of our amazing dining staff. In addition to providing food for the campus, the Plot will also be an educational space for students, faculty, and community members to learn more about farming, and agriculture. With biweekly open garden hours hosted by EcoReps Isa Moise and Katharine Gaillard, the Plot is a space for everyone to get their hands dirty.
The Plot hosted its first garden party this fall! It drew students, faculty, and staff to see the garden in production mode. Bates’ own Take Note a cappella group performed, and delicious appetizers made from Plot tomatoes and local produce were served. Plans for the future include making the space more accessible to all and installing modest structures to house supplies, tools, and equipment.
The 2018 harvest was a successful one! It included 760 pounds of tomatoes, 430 pounds of cucumbers, and 670 pounds of squash. In all, nearly 2000 pounds of produce was harvested. After a strong first season, we are looking forward to planting in the spring!