A Generative Summer Concludes


Never in my life has a summer seemed to flash by so quickly. It feels like just yesterday that we were moving into our summer residences, and the garden consisted of a few seedlings poking their green heads out into a vast world. In reality, roughly three months have passed, the majority of us gardeners have gone home for August, and this blog’s time has run out.

And yet, what a sizable amount of growth fit into such a little span! In a physical sense, our garden transitioned from a barren patch of compost, woodchips, and stones into a flourishing oasis complete with shoulder-high tomatoes and many a rambunctious weed. In a not so physical sense, the students who worked in the garden grew as well. The lot of us, who began as true garden novices, evolved into an efficient team. Stepping lightly between rows and surveying weeds with a critical eye, the members of the Garden Initiative truly became gardeners in the fullest sense of the word: people who tend the garden with skill and devotion.

For such an opportunity—to raise a garden from seed and to work with such a brilliantly enthusiastic team of volunteers—I feel incredibly lucky. Financially, the project would not have been a possibility without the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. And, pragmatically, all of the gardening could never have been accomplished by one man. Thank you, therefore, to all who were involved.

So, where do we go from here? At the current moment, three members of the Initiative who live in the area are tending to the garden and will continue to do so through August. When the semester arrives, we will start recruiting freshmen in an effort to increase our organization’s chances of long-term success.

At the same time, I am working on the final copy of “Generative Gardening: A Proposal for an Expanded Garden Program at Haverford College,” which will be presented to the Office of the President of the College and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. With their support, we hope to expand our garden and to increase its efficiency in the next growing season.

Thus, this summer has proven to be exactly what the internship was titled: Generative Gardening. In such a short span of time, we generated a vast quantity of food and, much more importantly, a wealth of interest in the student body. I hope that this blog has stirred the slightest of gardening interests in your own soul, for we are all united by our simplest need: food. Thank you ever so much for reading

With gratitude,