University at Albany

Heritage Garden Timetable

Spring 2014 - Planning and Implementation

  • Conduct planning sessions for first planting
  • Identify size and natural resources needed
  • Create a budget
  • Farm working group to start pilot plot
  • Get approval for site, secure funding, and identify individuals responsible for maintenance
  • Determine what to do with the first crop
  • Identify one or two courses that can be integrated with pilot garden

Summer 2014

  • Maintain pilot plot
  • Harvest first crop
  • Search for grant opportunities

Fall 2014

  • Reflect on pilot and recommend modifications
  • Integrate garden more fully into campus academics and research
  • Apply for grants
  • Begin the formation of a permanent student group
  • Develop model to make the garden self-sufficient financially

Next Steps

  • Garden logistics planning: research on crops, determining soil/water/light needs, raised bed vs. in ground
  • Creating a sustainable administration: creating student group, identify how to create year-round maintenance plan, meet with university administration
  • Physical labor: preparing land, planting crops
  • Maintenance: weeding, watering, care taking
  • Financial Planning: creating a budget, identifying financing sources, investigated revenue streams, apply for grants
  • Marketing: create brand and marketing materials
  • Outreach: identifying on- and off-campus partners, getting faculty and staff involved