The Eastern Connecticut State University Community Education Garden was created in the Fall of 2012 by Nancy Tinker, Director, Facilities, Management & Planning, Mary Ragno, Faculty, Member, Green Campus Committee and Bryan Lehner, Student, Member, Green Campus Committee.
There were many dedicated volunteers who assisted with establishing the garden. In addition, Northeast Utilities generously offered a grant for supplies, seeds, and signage. In the Spring of 2013, students from the Windham High School Community Program joined the project, working with the Food Justice Committee to construct garden beds and maintain the garden. Today, the garden is coordinated by ECSU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, located next door to the garden on High Street.
The garden was created to model action for urban sustainability, and to grow food for community needs like the Covenant Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. It also serves as a site for community education programming. ECSU is recognized for its leadership in sustainability on many levels. An urban garden site is an appropriate initiative for this urban campus.
For more information please feel free to contact Laura Miller of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, firstname.lastname@example.org.