Wake Forest University Campus Garden

Mighty Broadfork, Humble Cardboard
July 24, 2012, 2:55 pm
Filed under: Summer Intern

In the world of organic gardening, where weeds run rampant and topsoil erodes, there is no greater contrast than between the broadfork and cardboard. And yet, there may be no greater partnership. When it comes to leverage and soil-piercing power, the broadfork is the tool of choice. Plunge its steel tines into a row, jump on the cross-bar a few times, and rock those long handles back and forth to aerate the soil without disturbing earthworms, tilling up weed seeds, or exposing soil to erosive powers. If weeds are the problem, then cardboard is the solution. A free square of flattened cardboard can smoother weeds to death, clearing all competitors from a vegetable bed. Cardboard will also decompose over time improving soil structure and tilth. If you’re looking to build up, break up, or otherwise improve the quality of your garden soil, look no further than the mighty broadfork and humble cardboard.

A special thanks to Peace Haven Farm for donating the broadfork to the Campus Garden!


Chasing Ignorance
July 24, 2012, 2:28 pm
Filed under: Summer Intern

I was raised in a very (stereo)typical, suburban American household. We lived in a development plotted with 1960’s-style brick ranches and split levels. Lawns were manicured and bordered with shrubbery. There were two cars in every garage, and food came from the grocery store, usually wrapped, boxed, and ready to eat. It wasn’t until last summer, at the age of 28, that I started to wonder how food is grown and produced.
I don’t know how I came to the realization that I was entirely dependent upon grocery stores (and a car to get me there) for all my nutritional needs. That’s the nature of ignorance; it’s reclusive, elusive, and not easily recognized. For some reason, though, I became acutely aware of my grocery store dependency and agricultural naiveté.

I got into gardening, so I tell people, by chasing my ignorance. I had never grown something from seed, so I went to the big box hardware store, purchased a few random packets of seed, and took my first steps into the dark void in my brain that should have contained some sort of knowledge about how to feed myself.

It has been one year since I wasted those seeds. I am proud to say that I now have a more serviceable understanding of seed germination. With a little help from local gardeners and a summer internship here at the Wake Forest Campus Garden, I am well on my way to growing my own food. Moreover, I am getting the chance to help other people chase down their own elusive ignorance and begin a lifelong journey of learning and growing.


If you are a Wake Forest undergraduate or graduate student and have an interest in helping the University in its efforts toward developing a more sustainable campus, please consider volunteering with the Office of Sustainability  or applying for an internship.

StudentLife at the Campus Garden
July 24, 2012, 12:38 pm
Filed under: Volunteer Groups

The Campus Garden hosted StudentLife volunteers throughout the month of June. StudentLife is a Christian organization that coordinates residential, service-focused mission trips for middle school and high school youth. The first group to labor in the Campus Garden broke ground on our new blueberry bed, weeded the heirloom tomatoes,  painted more signs, and planted basil.

The second group to visit the garden numbered 34 members! Displaying a vigorous work ethic, this group finished preparing the blueberry bed, started double-digging a new raspberry patch, planted basil and peppers, painted signs, weeded, turned compost, planted three new rows of corn, and cleared two new rows for bush beans and late summer squash.

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4Good Volunteers
July 24, 2012, 11:58 am
Filed under: Campus Events

Wake Forest students and alumni from across the Triad gathered together on June 1st for a day of community service. The day was part of 4Good, a weekend long, nation-wide initiative organized to display Wake Forest’s spirit of Pro Humanitate.  Although thunderstorms kept us out of the garden, about twenty volunteers accomplished great work. In about an hour, we transplanted hundreds of basil sprouts and painted beautiful, creative garden signs.

To everyone who helped, THANK YOU!

Stop by the garden to see how your work is taking root.

The Wake Forest Campus Garden
July 24, 2012, 1:43 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Nestled behind the Theme House at 1141 Polo Road, the Wake Forest University Campus Garden is a service-learning garden dedicated to the use of sustainable agricultural practices. Students, faculty, staff, and local community members work together to care for the garden plots and grow organic produce. The WFU Campus Garden blog is a space for volunteers and students to share their gardening experiences and offer personal reflections. Below you will find general information about the Campus Garden. Follow the blog throughout the summer and the fall to see what’s growing!

The Wake Forest Campus Garden

Summer Volunteer Hours: Sundays 5:00-7:00pm; Tuesdays 5:00-7:00pm

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