Garden and Orchard
Woolman’s orchard was first established by conscientious objectors during the war-torn 1960s, in a gesture that echoes biblical connections between orchard-planting and peace. Today we think of those brave people as we prune their trees every spring and harvest the fruit in the fall; the several dozen apple and pear trees yield abundant fruit for our school community, both fresh and preserved. Last fall, for instance, students and staff harvested nearly two thousand pounds of fruit. Besides eating hundreds of pounds fresh and cooked, we also canned more than twenty-one gallons of apple sauce, ten gallons of pear sauce, and a gallon of quince sauce, and pressed dozens of gallons of cider. In the last year we have planted over 50 additional fruit and nut trees, ensuring diverse harvests for future decades.
Our one-acre garden consists mainly of vegetables and fruits that are grown for the Woolman Semester kitchen and for a variety of educational purposes. We did not have to order produce from off-campus sources because of the bounty of our harvest from August until December! We also have an experiential farm to table class for semester students that focuses on the current food movement and philosophies of farming and cooking. In addition, we host multiple elementary school groups every week, giving them the opportunity to experience where food comes from and get their hands dirty digging for potatoes.
Here is the link to a newspaper article about those programs: Stinky compost, bug hunts and dirt diggin' fun. In addition to these younger audiences, recent college graduates come to participate in our yearlong intern program during which they experience a whole year of growing food, from planting to harvesting to cooking. During the summer we facilitate a 6 share CSA for members of the Quaker meeting here on campus.
Our new 9000 sq. ft. permaculture inspired edible forest garden contains over 100 species of fruits, nuts, berries, and herbs.
We are also very greatful to the following incredible organizations and nurseries who have generously donated over $2000 worth of trees, shrubs, and vines for our garden and orchard:
Thank you so much!