Students created the CC Garden on campus (in our president’s backyard!) in Spring 2008. Produce from the 1.3 acre garden is sold to Bon Appétit, the college’s food services provider, and at local farmers' markets. In addition to a wide variety of vegetables, the CC farmers raise apples, cherries, peaches, plums, and apricots in a small orchard, raspberries and blackberries, wildflowers, free-range chickens, and bees for honey.
The CC Garden is a one-acre permaculture inspired garden located one block north of campus. It strives to function as a student-directed, sustainable, organic garden, which provides the Colorado College and surrounding communities with the benefits of fresh food, farm experiences, and resources for education and research. The CC Garden exemplifies the Colorado College’s core value of experiential learning and makes an essential contribution to the efforts CC has invested in creating an innovative sustainability plan.
Colorado College is part of nationwide movement to incorporate sustainable agriculture into the education realm. Taking sustainability out of the classroom, a voluntary group of CC students participate in the hands-on agricultural experience of farming the land behind President Dick Celeste's house. The fruits and vegetables they grow are sold to our food provider Bon Appetite and served in CC's dining venues. They also sell to CC students and go to local Colorado Springs farmer's markets.
For more information about programs at the Garden, visit the group's website.
Read the Gazettte feature article, "CC Provides a Taste of Gardening".