Special Election Candidates 2018

Candidates for Garden Coordinator

Andrew Kim

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Mauricio Loyola

Would you like to grow some big and juicy tomatoes? Maybe fresh herbs for dinner? My name is Mauricio and I would love to give you a hand as the new garden coordinator.

I have participated in the Lawrence garden for three years, which gives me a good idea of what is needed and what I could do as coordinator to help new and returning gardeners.

Keeping the garden organized and with enough supplies will be my top priority. I will sharpen the tools, fix the hoses quickly when necessary, and check for holes in the fence regularly to avoid unexpected visits from cute but hungry bunnies. I would also like to increase the availability of supplies, including more compost, organic/safe pesticides, and some gardening tools for kids (families are welcome!). One idea I would like to try is an open calendar where gardeners traveling in the summer can ask other gardeners (or me) to take care of their plots while they are away.

I will continue the efforts from previous coordinators to promote community and social activities (with food and music!). I’m planning to have more open days, revitalize our Instagram account, and in due time, deploy a campaign to invite more residents to join the garden and enjoy the many physical and mental benefits of gardening (Who wouldn’t want a free stress-relieving therapy with nutritious 1-lb tomatoes?).

Outside the fence, I’m a third year PhD student in Architecture, originally from Chile. I live with my wife Carol and our many house plants.

Garden Basics 2018

Lawrence Garden Panorama

The garden in July 2017

Every year many Lawrence residents enjoy spending time outside and growing our own vegetables and flowers in our community garden. The garden is in the fenced-off area, about 1/3 acre, behind Building 14.

Read more below and get in touch with the garden coordinator to learn more: lawrencegarden@princeton.edu.

Follow Lawrence garden on Instagram: lawrencegarden.

Best Reasons to Garden

  • Great way to meet your neighbors. Enjoy group gardening days (frequently with donuts) and get out of your department bubble.
  • New Jersey is the Garden State. It is relatively easy to grow lots of tasty vegetables, economical herbs, and beautiful flowers.
  • Each gardener receives an individual plot and you can choose how much space you want. One bed is roughly 3-feet by 8-feet. You can opt for just one or up to six, or even more, depending on availability.
  • Water, compost, mulch, and many tools are provided and easy to access. A tall fence and locked gate keeps out deer, groundhogs, and bunnies (but not baby bunnies — still a plus for some).

Participate

Digging in

Digging up sweet potatoes

The sign-up link is posted here on the website and distributed via email to the general Lawrence Apartments listserv in March.

After signing up, gardeners are added to the Lawrence garden listserv, which the garden coordinator uses to send important updates about garden access, shared resources, and community events.

This is a moderated listserv, meaning the coordinator must approve any messages sent to it. Gardeners may send occasional messages relevant to all, for example requests for help with watering during a gardener’s absence, but message approval is at the coordinator’s discretion.

To unsubscribe or change your subscription settings, follow these OIT
instructions: http://helpdesk.princeton.edu/kb/display.plx?ID=9277.

The Garden Year

bee-on-marigold

Help the bees with marigolds and other flowers

Gardening typically begins in April or May. In March or April gardeners clean up remaining debris from the past season and put down fresh compost on the beds and mulch on the pathways. The garden coordinator then assigns plots and opens the garden.

New for 2018, we are moving to a low-till practice for preparing the garden in order to reduce the amount of weed seed brought up by our usual spring tillage. 

After the garden opens gardeners begin planting purchased transplants or starting seeds. Things really take off after the last frost date, which is in early- to mid-May for this area.

Over the summer gardeners participate in community events and help take care of shared areas as well as tending the their own plots, watering, cultivating and removing weeds, and harvesting.

The end of the gardening season is about mid-October, when the first frost occurs. At the end of the season we clear our plots and put crop supports, plastic, pots, or other items in storage.

Then we dream about next year.

Lawrence Gardening Tips

Coming this year. This longer post will cover details specific to our climate and garden setup, including growing tips and more about shared resources, composting, and more.