Courtyard Gardens and Gardening Club – Capstone

Campus Courtyard Gardens & Sustainable Growers Gardening Club РSpring 2016 Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Capstone Class at Tompkins Cortland Community College РStudent Post by Hailey

This semester for the Sustainable Farming and Food Systems capstone class we worked with the Wellness Council on the Tompkins Cortland Community College campus to plan and change the courtyard spaces on the campus into courtyard gardens. We also began the Sustainable Growers Garden Club as an extension of that project and that turned into another entity itself. We started with big hopes and grand ideas for the courtyard spaces.

TC3 Courtyard Garden Before
Courtyard Garden Before
TC3 Courtyard Garden
Courtyard Garden After

Because we started the courtyard garden planning in the middle of winter, there was no physical labor to do. We put our minds to work first, brainstorming then presenting ideas, landscape layouts, activities, and crop plans to the council. The realities of processes, formalities, supply needs and group efforts really humbled us along the way. While we were short on supplies and good weather, things began to feel stagnant so we turned our attention to the club.

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