by Allison Mikita
Last summer the land between the Jaharis and Posner buildings grew its first season of vegetables. Tufts intended to turn the lot into a patch of green space, a grassed oasis in the bustling Chinatown campus. Student and faculty support led by, Jennifer Obadia, PhD candidate, Agriculture, Food and Environment (AFE), resulted in an additional learning space, where students can conduct research and educational programming with the nearby Josiah Quincy Elementary School.
“With the help of former AFE Program Director Kathleen Merrigan, Dean Eileen Kennedy, and Stephen Nasson, I was able to gain support for the idea of including a garden in the soon-to-be green space.” The garden was in the planning for about a year before its first planting.
This year, spring planting will begin in late April and early May. Last year tomatoes, hot peppers, basil, parsley, peas, eggplant, lettuce, and kale were grown and harvested. Students also planted garlic in the fall that will be ready for summer picking. Students interested in greening their thumbs at Friedman can help with planting, summer watering and maintenance, and building cold frames to extend the garden’s growing season. For more information, look out for an upcoming email about an April information meeting.