How does our garden grow?

Corn and Kidney Bean Salad and Strawberry Beet Summer Salad

Last weekend we had a cookout at the Campus Beet Community Garden on Summit Ave.  While the vegetables were still too small to contribute to the meal, we still ate in true Campus Beet style.  Some of the neighbors stopped by to join us, and a few kids even helped Olivia paint.  We didn’t get much work done… the day was more about enjoying eachother’s company while surrounded by the fruits of our labor.

Rainbow Chard

Right now we have most of the plants in.  The beans are starting to climb up their poles and tiny luscious green tomatoes are growing strong on their vines.  Small purple kale plants are mixed amongst a melange of lettuce varieties.  The herb bed is planted full of lavender, rosemary, and lemon grass and a large terracotta pot is on it’s way to overflowing with chocolate mint and peppermint.  Fragrant basil and dill are scattered amongst a diversity of pepper plants and eggplants, cucumber, squash, pumpkins, zucchini, and rainbow chard among others are still waiting to go in the ground.




Please stop by the garden to see how it grows, 1205 Summit Ave. (at Douglas) on the north side of Kalamazoo.  And feel free to grab a shovel (or rake, or wheelbarrow) and lend a hand. Soon our garden cookouts will feature food we grew with the hardworking hands of all the members of the Beet.


“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.”
–  Mahatma Gandhi


About The Campus Beet

The Campus Beet is a registered student organization at Western Michigan University trying to organize and develop a student-run sustainable cafe. We aim to source more local and organic food and serve more vegetarian, vegan, gluten free meals while building a space for student art, music and culture. We have weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7PM in the Bernhard Center dining room if you would like to help.
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