In the fall of 2007, a group of students approached Colby’s Environmental Studies Coordinator, seeking to start a small garden on a plot off of Washington Street.  The idea received positive feedback and support.  That fall, students planted garlic on a single plot, the beginnings of Colby’s student garden.  As word of the project spread, two more students decided to get involved.  Through their efforts, they managed to secure a second garden plot for student use as well as an important partnership with the Biology Department and Dining Services.  There the garden derived its current name, 2 Feet 2 Bedrock, from the soil profile first encountered on that plot.  The garden on campus would provide organic produce to the dining halls and would serve as an educational resource for the Colby community.  The student club COFGA, Colby Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (a play on words of  MOFGA), was founded that winter to support the efforts of the student gardeners.

During the summer of 2008, the success of the student garden was a result of  two involved students, who dedicated hours of free time to cultivating the plots.  After the success of its first season, and conversations with Colby staff members, the student garden was relocated to its current spot on Runnals Hill.  This move provided easier access to water resources and the general campus.  Through collaborative efforts between the Environmental Advisory Group, Dining Services, Biology, Environmental Studies, Summer Programs, and the Physical Plant Departments, a shed for the garden was built, water lines were established, and the position of student summer garden intern was created.  Currently, under the leadership of COFGA, and with the continued support of the founding departments, the garden produces food that is sent to the campus dining halls and local food pantries.

 

Timeline of events:

  • In the fall of 2007, a group of students planted garlic on a single plot on Washington Street – the beginnings of Colby’s student garden. The garden derived its current name, 2 Feet 2 Bedrock, from the plot’s rocky soil profile.
  • Later that fall, students were able to secure both a second garden plot for student use, and a partnership with the Biology Department and Dining Services.
  • The student club COFGA, Colby Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, was founded in the winter of 2007-2008 to support the efforts of the student gardeners.
  • During the summer of 2008, two of the student founders dedicated hours of free time to cultivating the plots and furthering the development of the garden
  • The student garden was relocated to its current spot on Runnals Hill in the spring of 2009, allowing for easier access to water and the general campus. Collaborative efforts between the Environmental Advisory Group, Dining Services, Biology, Environmental Studies, Summer Programs, and the Physical Plant Departments led to the construction of a shed for the garden, establishment of water lines, and creation of the student summer garden intern position.

The garden on campus, overseen by the student interns during the peak growing season, provides organic produce to the dining halls, and serves as an educational resource for the Colby community and its visitors. Currently, under the leadership of COFGA, and with the continued support of the founding departments, the garden produces food that is sent to the campus dining halls and local food pantries.