Like most college freshmen, Mollie arrived at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, unsure of her exact major or academic path. But she knew one thing for sure: she had to do something outside with her hands in the soil. In high school, Mollie spent a summer on an organic community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm and fell in love with growing food. The Macalester Urban Land Community Health Garden (MULCH) at Macalester College was the perfect fit. Four years later, she is one of MULCH’s student leaders and describes the experience as “the most valuable thing I’ve done in college.”
MULCH is a small but mighty student-run garden focused on education and experimentation. The MULCH gardeners grow a variety of crops and have even tried their hand at raising chickens. “Even though our garden is less than a tenth of an acre, we really make the most of it by intercropping, using permaculture techniques, trellises, raised beds, and, of course, learning from our trials and misadventures,” Mollie says.