Agnes Scott Organic Garden

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Managed by Agnes Scott alumnae Lois Swords (‘77), our organic demonstration garden is a fantastic way for students to see the true origins of their food. Lois is an organic gardening expert who guides interested students in planting, cultivating, and harvesting small yields of crops. While the types of crops vary by season, past harvests have included kale, garlic, onions, arugula, beets, and swiss chard.

Because of the garden’s placement near the college's athletics complex, families and Decatur community members passing by can also benefit from the garden. It’s not unusual to see Lois giving a bit of gardening advice to a passing parent, or to students on the way to a soccer game. Visitors to the garden also include many different types of pollinators that come to feed and rest among the variety of flowers and herbs. It's easy to get lost in all the buzz in the spring and summer times. The pollinator garden engages students passionate in preserving and protecting pollinators, such as those in Agnes Scott’s Bee Society. It is also a place for citizen science to take place during the pollinator census that Lois leads with interested members of the Agnes Scott community. 

Though the garden is too small to supply food to Agnes Scott’s dining hall, the yield of the harvests often make their way into the kitchens of students, faculty, and staff, making sure that our community benefits from the local, organic produce that the garden provides!

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