The Garden

The garden is maintained by students, faculty and staff and is funded primarily by the Division of Administration and Student Affairs. We focus on growing crops that can be harvested in the fall semester including summer squash, butternut squash, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, kale and a variety of annual and perennial herbs.

Come visit the Garden!

Campus Map - click to enlarge

The garden is located at the southwestern end of campus near the Dolan School of Business. Here is a map of where we are at the corner of Coughlin Road and Walter's Way.

Activities in the Garden

Activities in the garden vary by season. Because we focus on crops that can be harvested in the fall, when students are on campus, the yearly cycle is somewhat different from a typical farm or home garden. View a typical year in pictures.

Winter

Winter consists of planning and seed ordering. Depending on the year, we may harvest kale and/or carrots in February and March.

Spring

Spring is a quiet time in the garden. April and May are busy times at Fairfield and we try to keep the garden activities to a minimum.

Summer

We prepare the beds and plant in June and early July. We typically have 1 or 2 part-time paid garden internships each summer. The interns are supervised by the garden directors and are responsible for daily maintenance (watering, weeding, mowing, scouting for pests etc.), coordination of volunteers, and updating the garden blog. Volunteers help out with various tasks including the garlic harvest in mid-July. Community events include "Lunch in the Garden". Check the calendar for dates.

Fall

Fall is a busy time with ongoing maintenance and weekly harvest parties coordinated by the garden interns. Produce is delivered to the Barone Campus Center to be used by Sodexo chefs in the main dining hall and to the Connecticut Food Bank through our participation in Harvest Now. Produce is also used for special events such as cooking demonstrations in the residence halls. Volunteers help out with various tasks including garlic planting in early November. Check the calendar for Harvest Party dates.

If you'd like to help with any of these activities or have ideas for new ones, please contact us or come to one of our community events! Check out our calendar.