Lobsang Chodon '14

MHC Student Garden - South Hadley, MA

Major: Plant Chemistry (Special)

This summer, I worked in the Mount Holyoke College Student Garden with two other interns. As part of the internship, we planned what crops to grow, developed the cropping pattern, and facilitated soil-care processes including soil testing and soil amending.

As I was a beginner in the garden, this summer was a process of learning and putting it into action many of the things I had learned. We also took field trips to neighboring farms and learned different growing methods and techniques. It was often reassuring to see various agricultural settings and get a sense of how our work was related. We were able to discuss different problems we encountered in our garden with the farmers we interviewed that gave us reassurance about our plants and growing methods.

In the garden, we grew lettuces, broccoli, beats, green beans, tomatoes, okra, cucumber, green pepper, watermelon, squash, flowers and basil. We sold our produce at the South Hadley Farmers’ market and to Dining Services on campus. The produce from the garden was served during the Sustainable Gracious Dinner which also included other locally-sourced dishes.