Our History

Planting seeds

Jim Fitzpatrick '70, Asst. VP of Student Services at Fairfield University & Dana August '11 plant carrot seeds in the Community garden at the university. Mid-July 2010. Photo credit: Jean Santopatre

The garden project was initiated by Dana August '11. Her idea, to have a place on campus for students to learn how to grow vegetables, was embraced by campus administrators, particularly Vice President for Administration and Student Services Mark Reed '96, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management David Frassinelli M'92, and Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Jim Fitzpatrick '70.

The initial planning committee consisted of students Zach Gross '12, Dana August '11, staff members Tom Curran, Jim Fitzpatrick '70, and David Frassinelli M'92, and faculty members Dr. Jen Klug, Celeste Johnson, and Ray Poincelot.

Initial funding was provided by the Division of Administration and Student Services. Once funding was secured, Dr. Jen Klug and Dr. Tod Osier were named as co-directors and we broke ground in spring 2010, using lumber donated by Ring's End to make the raised beds. View a slideshow of the garden under construction.

The garden was officially dedicated by Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., University President on September 27, 2010.

Today, students, faculty and staff members all work to maintain the garden. Biology faculty members Dr. Jen Klug and Dr. Tod Osier serve as co-directors. Jim Fitzpatrick '70 serves as the administrative contact and Tom Curran continues as an advisor. We get lots of help from Ted Hunyadi, Mike Walsh, and Dennis Quinones in Facilities Management. Sodexo chefs make delicious dishes with our vegetables and herbs! The Division of Administration of Student Services provides the bulk of the funding with contributions from the Program on the Environment and College of Arts and Sciences.

2010 activities

New in 2011