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Bowdoin Grows its Organic Gardens, Acquires 19th-century Barn

Bowdoin is planning to create a new organic garden on campus to add to its plots on Coffin Street and Pleasant Hill Road.

The new garden, which will be phased in over the next two summers, will provide salad greens and other vegetables to the dining halls. Sara Cawthon, Bowdoin’s organic garden manager, anticipates that the convenient location of the new garden at 52 Harpswell Road will draw in more student volunteers who can pop over to weed or help prepare seeds in between classes.

In addition, the new plot comes with a 19th-century barn that can be used for storage and as a spot for academic programs, such as talks on agriculture and sustainability or farm-to-table dinners. The garden will be one-third of an acre, located behind the former Stevens nursing home, which is being renovated into a new LEED-certified upperclass residence hall.

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