Established in 2010, the TCNJ Campus Garden is project of PC3 and the Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at TCNJ. It was initiated by students, staff, and faculty who wanted a place on campus to grow food for community members, to teach about growing fruits and vegetables, and to provide an outdoor space for campus community engagement. In its first three years, it produced fresh produce for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, provided hundreds of hours of work for Bonner Scholars, volunteers, and TCNJ community engaged learning projects, and gave students, staff, faculty and community members an opportunity to participate in growing food locally.
In 2013, the garden was relocated to its current site, on the south edge of campus. With help from PC3 and Buildings and Grounds staff, an eight-foot fence was installed, the soil was tilled, and water access has been provided. During Fall 2013, we planted our first crops of cool weather plants, and more than 100 students have already contributed to the garden’s success. During the 2014 growing season, we grew and donated nearly 850 pounds of fresh produce to Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, including zucchini, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, leeks, carrots, cucumbers, kale, tomatoes, tomatillos, bok choy, radishes, turnips, rutabagas, potatoes, peas, winter squash, green beans, okra, collards, carrots, and a few other vegetables. During the 2015 season, we are working to establish a social area at the garden site for classes to meet, organizations to gather, and events to take place.
The garden is regularly maintained by the Bonner Scholars Environmental Team and a team of student, faculty, and staff volunteers. To volunteer, or if you have any questions, please contact Megan Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCNJ students are also encouraged to learn more about the Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Concentration.