It is the mission of Whitman’s Organic Garden to create a garden of abundant nourishment; nourishment for the community, the mind, the body, and the future. The philosophy of the Organic Garden is to foster an environment filled with agricultural experimentation. The garden seeks to implement different styles of agriculture, such as horticulture, permaculture, and aquaculture. The practice of these cultures allow for people involved with the Organic Garden to learn through experience.
The Organic Garden grows a wide variety of both annual and perennial vegetables, fruits, and herbs. In an effort to improve soil fertility, the Organic Garden accepts contributions of food scraps from student houses. In the simple but effective compost system, the Garden turns the contributed waste into soil rich with organic matter. In its entirety, the Garden’s purpose is to provide a space where students and community members can play with chickens, get dirty in the soil, and enjoy the process of growing food.
Information about the Organic Garden is offered through the Whitman College listserv and on the garden’s website.