Saint Joseph College Harvests First Garden Bounty

By Peggy Gadomski, Director of Operations

Cook Jarvy Ford picks tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, peppers, and fresh herbs from the garden

Gardens are popping up on college campuses everywhere, and the most recent crop includes one at Saint Joseph College in Hartford, CT. The team there harvested its first bounty this year — butternut squash, tomatoes, lettuces, radishes, peppers, herbs, and more!

Bon Appétit General Manager Richard Frost created the garden with the help of Green Team students and the Saint Joseph College Gengras Center for special needs students. Richard plans to double the size of the garden next year. The Bon Appétit chefs will be able to feature a freshly picked vegetable for a specialty salad of the day throughout the growing season.

During the winter, Richard and the Gengras staff will work with the students to start the seedlings for the next season’s garden in a greenhouse at the Gengras Center. They’ll transplant them in the spring, providing students with a valuable grounding experience in growing their own food.