For more information about plot rentals, volunteer & educational opportunities, summer internships, and more, contact:
Kyle Bray – Assistant Director of Service-Learning
Kyle serves as the supervisor for the Lewisburg Community Garden. In addition to establishing garden policies and priorities with the assistance of the LCG Advisory Board, Kyle manages the Garden’s finances, collaborates with faculty and students to utilize the Garden as a service-learning and field research site, and works with Bucknell and Lewisburg Borough administrators to ensure that the Garden remains a vibrant part of the community. Kyle can be reached at email@example.com, or 570-577-3928.
Jen is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Lewisburg Community Garden, including deciding what to plant, determining when things are ready to harvest, and setting weekly task priorities. Additionally, she coordinates many of the Garden’s special events, including the free Community Enrichment Workshop Series, and assists plot renters with troubleshooting issues. She also plays a key role in the development and management of the new Bucknell University Farm. Jen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 570-577-2212.
Coming August 2018- Food Access Coordinator (full-year position)
The Food Access Coordinator supports several food access programs, including the Lewisburg Community Garden, the Community Harvest hot meal program, and the K-12 Snack Pack brown-bag supplemental program. They ensure that produce is harvested and donated in a timely fashion, with a goal of preventing as much food waste as possible, and recruits volunteers to support our food access endeavors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who runs the garden?
The garden is a joint project between the Bucknell University and the Borough of Lewisburg. The Office of Civic Engagement at Bucknell University oversees the day to day operations of the garden. A community-led advisory board directs the mission and vision of the garden.
Who can use the garden?
The 18,600 square-foot garden is divided into two sections. Community members are able to rent one of 41 plots containing an in-ground bed or raised bed from spring until the end of fall. The other half of the garden is a communal plot run and maintained by Bucknell staff and volunteers.
Who benefits from the garden?
The communal plot produces more than 3,000 pounds of food annually which is donated to local hot meal programs (such as Community Harvest) and food pantries. The recipients of these services are generally individuals with low-income or senior citizens in need of nutritious food. Additionally, local families or individuals without adequate yard space benefit from renting plots.
How is the garden funded?
The Lewisburg Community Garden hosts two annual events to fund all the operations of the garden. Our Early Plant Sale takes place in April and our Spring Plant Sale takes place in May to help plot renters, backyard gardeners, and other agriculture enthusiasts get a head start on the growing season. During the harvest season, the garden hosts a Locavore Dinner fundraiser using garden produce and locally-sourced meats, cheeses, wines, and ciders. Bucknell University provides administrative support and many in-kind donations to the garden as well.
What else does the garden do?
The Lewisburg Community Garden prides itself on being more than a production garden. The garden regularly hosts K-12 students, summer camps, Boy/Girl Scout troops, and youth groups for educational sessions. Our seed-to-table curriculum teaches students of all age groups about plant biology, ecology, personal health & nutrition, sustainability, food culture, and more. The garden also hosts monthly enrichment sessions for adults during the growing season. Previous topics included season extension practices, food fermentation, and succession planting.
How can I get involved?
Sign-ups for plot rentals take place in March. A link to the application will be made available on the main page of the website during that time. Students, groups, and community members looking to volunteer at the garden can contact Jen Schneidman Partica. If you or your group is interested in participating in our K-12 lessons, please contact Kyle Bray for more information.
Check out Nayte Carter ’19, sporting our new merchandise! All items feature a design by Jen Partica, Garden Coordinator for the 2017 season. The design consists of a cabbage crossed by the words “share the harvest”, with “Lewisburg Community Garden Est. 2012” below the cabbage. Aprons are full-length, “one size fits all”, with two pockets, featuring the image and text in white, on a forest green background. T-shirts are 90 percent cotton, and are available in S,M,L,XL, and 2XL, featuring the image in forest green with black text on a heather grey background. The bandannas are one size, and feature […]
“The Garden aspires to provide participants with opportunities that enrich their knowledge about growing food in sustainable and environmentally friendly ways. Through educating participants in the techniques of gardening, as well as the benefits of healthy, locally grown foods, the Garden aims to expand the culture of cooperative, healthy, low-cost home gardening.” A big thanks to the Bucknellian for their coverage on civic engagement and of the Community Garden! Make sure to check out the garden and lend a helping hand as we wrap up the garden and finish some last harvesting and complete our new fence.
As American tastes quickly evolve, businesses begin to adopt a “fast fashion” strategy to keep up. Retailers such as Zara and Forever 21 churn out new clothes every week, Apple recently launched its X iPhone and has no plans to stop. Bucknell Management student Angela Ri ’19 and Engineering student Anmol Singh ’18 analyze this issue through a sustainability lens and the implications of living in a society that encourages conspicuous consumption. Presentation will focus on clothing and e-waste. Discussion will expand to cover disposable food service waste and how to have a zero-waste event. When: Monday, October 16 at 5:30 […]
On Sunday, September 10, the Lewisburg Community Garden hosted the Fifth Annual Locavore “Garden to Kitchen” fundraiser, and the event was absolutely amazing! The weather was stellar, and guests were able to stroll about the Garden while enjoying live music, and sampling dishes and drinks created by local vendors. 78 guests attended, and $2,100 was raised towards the Garden’s operating budget. Massive thanks are owed to the many people and businesses that supported the event, including the following: Amami Kitchen and Espresso Bar Brasserie Louis Brushstrokes Bucknell University Dining and Catering Bucknell University Facilities Civil War Cider Cow-A-Hen Farm Elizabeth’s […]
Tomorrow, Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00pm, we will be hosting our last potluck dinner for this season! Bring a dish to share, your own reusable plate/silverware/cup, and a chair or blanket. Besides good food and good company, we’ll have a brief demonstration on how to close your garden down for the winter. We’ll cover what plants to remove, how to add amendments such as compost or manure, cover crops, and planting garlic and other over-wintering crops. Potlucks are open to the community, so spread the word to your family and friends. Free admission for all, and everyone is welcome!
As many of you know, the garden is in full bloom and we are officially maxed out with plants growing in every single bed! If you have strolled through the garden recently, I’m sure you would agree that the Lewisburg Community Garden has become a vibrant and beautiful place. Not only is the garden aesthetically pleasing, but recently the garden has been turning out an incredible amount of produce that has been donated to food programs throughout the community. Thanks to the wonderful garden staff, the great plot renters, and the many volunteers that assist us each week, the garden […]
As part of my final few days with the Lewisburg Community Garden and Bucknell University, I’ve been asked to write about what my experience over the past year has been like. Let me start off with a story that really showed me how far I feel I’ve come. A few days ago, I was driving back to Lewisburg in the middle of a heavy thunderstorm during the early stages of rush hour traffic. I had been in the car for several hours and was getting anxious to arrive at home. After some traffic cleared, the road opened up again, but the […]
Here at the garden, we aim to have a positive impact on the environment. Growing your own food is one big way of helping the environment, but there are many other choices we can make to help out in this endeavor. Unfortunately, many of the choices that are out there are also ones that cost a great deal of time and money that some do not have to spare. For instance, many of you reading this can probably attest to the time it takes to grow your own food and to do it well. So then we might ask, what are […]
With the many stresses of work and everyday life, we often find it difficult to take time to relax and rewind from our busy lifestyles. However an easy way to find peace and relaxation can be found in the comforts of our own backyard. Although sometimes tedious and challenging, planting and cultivating your own produce can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It is obvious that home gardening is a great way to beautify your neighborhood and to provide yourself with many wholesome fruits and vegetables, but it does much more than that. Gardening can make you both happier and healthier. […]
Have an abundance of zucchini in your garden? Try these recipes for a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy one of our favorite summer veggies! Zucchini Fries Ingredients: 2 zucchini 1 egg white 1/4 cup milk 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs Vegetable cooking spray Preparation: Preheat oven to 425°. Cut zucchini into 3-inch sticks. Whisk an egg white in a small bowl, and add milk. Combine Parmesan and seasoned breadcrumbs in a separate bowl. Dip zucchini sticks into egg mixture, and then roll in breadcrumb mixture. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, and place zucchini […]
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