Students taking care of Upstate Community Garden

SUNY Upstate Medical University garden

Students harvest green and yellow beans this week in the Upstate Community Garden outside the Campus Activities Building. From left are Jessica Wilcox, Olesea Cojohari and Heather Nelson.

About 30 Upstate students are watering, weeding and looking forward to harvesting the Upstate Community Garden on the west lawn of the Campus Activities Building.

Jessica Wilcox, a third-year medical student, is organizing volunteer efforts at the garden. Some vegetables and herbs are already coming in, with more to follow as the summer progresses.

SUNY Upstate garden

Heather Nelson holds some green beans and yellow beans from the garden.

The student caretakers recently discovered that rabbits had gotten inside the fence and helped themselves to the pea plants; Physical Plant employees installed extra fencing to discourage such unauthorized visitors.

This is the fourth year for the 30-foot by 40-foot garden, which was started by Thomas Pelis, assistant vice president for facilities and planning and chair of Upstate’s Sustainability Task Force.

The garden’s zucchini and tomatoes should be ready soon, with beets, carrots, kale, lettuce, peppers, potatoes, radishes and more to follow. The beans have already arrived and are quite tasty, by the way.

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