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The Professional

Our first day in the garden we slowly worked our way through each bed discovering its contents and measuring its progress. As we planted new squash seeds in the bed next to the herbs we were set upon by whirlwind in the form of a short European woman in a linen shirt. With flyaway hair and focused features she conquered the eggplant bed with the speed and dexterity of a professional. In minutes gone were the weeds and fluffed was the soil, as she gesticulated with the small garden trowel explaining, “Air, they need air. Let them go few days no water. Then give water when they need… Read more about The Professional

Putting on a different hat (literally)

Hi! My name is Rory and I’m from rural Maine. I’m one of the two interns running the Harvard Community Garden this summer, and we’ll share some of our adventures on this blog with you!

The first two weeks have definitely been a wild ride. A whirlwind of weeding, figuring out what is planted where, and harvesting way too many radishes. See the attached picture of just one of the buckets of radishes we harvested. One of the things I was most excited about was when we planted cucumbers, which are my favorite vegetable. They are just beginning to sprout now.

In my opinion, one of… Read more about Putting on a different hat (literally)

Trip to the Harvard Forest and Farm School!

The Harvard Community Garden just returned from a day trip to the Harvard Forest up in Petersham, MA. We hiked around the pond and through the forest: it was a perfect day for exploring! 

At the Farm School, which one of our members worked at a few years ago, we checked out cows and goats, as well as saw mills and a school bus converted to a small bedroom!! Check out our pictures here or on Instagram @harvardcommunitygarden for more!

The year is winding down for undergraduates, and most of us will be gone within the next week. Our last workday with the whole club is going to… Read more about Trip to the Harvard Forest and Farm School!

Growing season is here!

After a seemingly never-ending winter, we've finally reached the spring and begun growing in the garden! Over the past couple of weeks, we've planted potatoes, radishes, onions, kale, and so much more in our new beds and in our (newly) functional greenhouse. 

We'd love to see all of you at our weekly workdays on Fridays from 4-6pm; come drop by and say hello, plant some seeds, and enjoy the beautiful weather in the community garden. 

If you can't stop by in person, check out our Instagram @harvardcommunitygarden for pictures of what we're working on!

See you all soon… Read more about Growing season is here!

Happy July from the Garden!

Hope everyone had a relaxing and celebratory long weekend! 

Here in the garden we had a special holiday movie night featuring Forrest Gump for a little US history.

We also had fun tie dying at the Grateful Dead themed Farmer's Market and made a little trip over to Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds on Wednesday for a CRAFT on livestock. 

Today the garden is bountiful with produce after all the nice weather. We have tons of salad, Asian greens, bell peppers, chard, kale and a variety of herbs to bring over to the summer shelter for dinner tonight. 

Happy July… Read more about Happy July from the Garden!

The Garden's Ultimate June Week or How is it Already July??

As I sit here under the uncertain, ever-changing skies of Cambridge, I realize that it has been a full month since this summer garden internship began. Officially, summer started last week with the solstice, and now here July comes chomping at the bit, soon to overtake us whether we like it or not. This too is the nature of the garden, a small patch of calm and methodical growth and decay, defiantly moving too slowly to be perceptible, yet deliberately proceeding in the midst of the chaotic concrete urban landscape. Noticing the tiny but methodical daily changes in the garden  highlights… Read more about The Garden's Ultimate June Week or How is it Already July??

Week of June 22 Garden Happenings

Just a few recent going-ons in the garden:

  • We got some new beds made up courtesy of the wonderful Landscape Services here at Harvard. Last Friday at the workday we got them all positioned and full of fresh dirt; they should be ready to grow pronto!
  • On Monday, we brought some mixed salad greens, rainbow chard, garlic scapes and assorted herbs about a block down the road for the first night of the Harvard Square Summer Shelter for guests and volunteers to enjoy for dinner. It was a lot of fun to help prepare the food with the wonderful community at… Read more about Week of June 22 Garden Happenings

A Few Weeks in...

Though the current weather belies it, summer is upon us!

Between the opening of the Farmer's Market in the plaza, a relaxing evening showing of food-themed movie Chocolat and a couple of very productive workdays, together, we and the garden are starting to get into the swing of the summer season.Movie Night 6/11

Some… Read more about A Few Weeks in...

Welcome to Summer

Welcome to summer (ignoring the rain) in the Harvard Community Garden! We are Marina DeFrates and Kevin Friel, the new garden interns for this summer. 
We just wanted to bring your attention to a few things happening in and around the garden this summer:

Earth Day Brunch & Workday

Today we had an Earth Day Brunch and Workday! We invited all of the new prospective Harvard students to join us since it was their visiting weekend. A few of the garden members cooked some delicious brunch food like focaccia, banana bread, and zucchini/walnut bread. We also had veggies with dip! The workday was also extremely productive, thanks to the help of everyone that came out to join us. We finished our last greenhouse, planted spinach, tomatoes, chard, lettuce, and arugula, and we painted more veggie signs. It was such a successful day, especially considering the fact… Read more about Earth Day Brunch & Workday