For more information about plot rentals, volunteer & educational opportunities, summer internships, and more, contact:
Kyle Bray – Assistant Director of Service-Learning
Kyle facilitates students connecting with service organizations to satisfy service-learning placements. He meets with students and faculty to brainstorm new service-learning concepts, to promote existing Bucknell programs and to act as a clearing house for inquiries. Additionally, Mr. Bray presents opportunities for involvement in academic classes. Head Start, the Lewisburg Community Garden and Scholars in Service are overseen by Kyle.
Scarlett – Food Access Coordinator
Scarlett is an AmeriCorps VISTA (volunteer in service to America) and serves as the Food Access Coordinator in the Office of Civic Engagement. She coordinates and manages volunteer opportunities at the Lewisburg Community Garden and Community Harvest hot meal program. Additionally, Scarlett is responsible for researching and implementing ways to increase the capacity for service at these two programs.
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 2,000 pounds of food which is donated to local hot meal programs (such as Community Harvest) and food pantries. The recipients of these services are generally low-income individuals 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 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 successional 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 us about our open volunteer opportunities. If you or your group is interested in participating in our K-12 lessons, please contact Kyle Bray for more information.
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 […]
Hi, everyone! My name is Meghan, and I’m working with the Lewisburg Community Garden this summer as the Education and Outreach Coordinator, an AmeriCorps volunteer position. My primary responsibility is planning the curriculum for the summer camps that are happening at the garden, which kicked off a few weeks ago. It’s been a great start! Our first session was with campers from the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority (BVRA) summer camp. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and we were extremely thankful to have such good weather for our first session. During the camp session, the campers got to take a […]
On Wednesday, June 29, Master Gardener John Esslinger, a Horticulture Educator with the Penn State Extension, visited the Lewisburg Community Garden and facilitated a workshop on organic pest management techniques. John discussed a variety of methods for treating diseases and warding off insects, and walked through the Garden with plot renters, helping them to properly identify signs of trouble. Much of the information that John provided is available in a PDF document that he has given us permission to share. Please click the “Organic Pest Management” link below to access the file: Organic Pest Management
Broccoli is one of the most important vegetables for you and your garden. Everyone who isn’t an unbearably picky 5 year-old like I was has their favorite preparations of broccoli (my favorite was always watching the dog eat it, sorry dad). It’s high in B vitamins & fiber and used in cuisines across the world. Those wonderful things aside, broccoli can be tricky to grow in Central Pennsylvania. Without proper care, the hot summers and erratic weather can permanently damage crops even before cabbage beetles and slugs can make their way in. That’s why here at the LCG we’ve come up […]
May 7th, 2016 was a day I was looking forward to for a really, really, long time. All the hard work that went into growing and caring for our plants culminated in a really great 5-hour sale. The outpouring of support that this local community continues to provide for the Lewisburg Community Garden continues to astound me. I’m really thankful to be part of a community that translates that passion for local projects into actions that will sustain us for the long term. All in all, we broke our fundraising goal of $3,000 and sold very nearly 1,300 plants! Our most […]
Here are some of the documents for our plot renters, including our list of approved/disapproved chemicals and additives. All are in PDF format. Please contact Kyle Bray with any questions. We will update these documents when necessary as we continue to learn how to best serve everyone’s needs. Approved Fertilizers, Pesticides, & Herbicides Important Information for Plot Renters (Packet) Garden Journal 2016 Garden Contact Information Beekeeper Contact List 2016 LCG Plot Renter Contract (Reference Copy)
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