Our Roots

Hello! You’re looking at the blog documenting the adventures of Rider’s Green Acres, Rider University’s organic garden established in June 2011. It is maintained by many volunteers and everyone who loves gardening is welcomed to join our team!

Our community: Foodies, sustainability experts, gardeners with (and those without) a green thumb, professors, staff, undergrad and grad students, admitted ‘granola’ people, those who really like to eat, squirrels, bugs, and you!
Each and every member plays a role.

Where we’re located: This blog is not referring to the raised beds near Science, currently being cultivated by university professors Dr. Bidle and Dr. Drawbridge. Rather, to the left of the parking lot behind Daly’s and the Academic Annex, lies a beautiful 49 x 49 foot garden.

History: Started in the summer of 2011 with the incredible work of adviser Dr. Hyatt and the first Garden Manager, Anna Cymerman, Rider Green Acres is already turning one year old! It has had a remarkably busy first year on campus, producing food all four seasons (in my mind, the kale, broccoli and herbs that survived the mild winter totally counts). Produce grown is given out for free right outside of the garden, on weekly giveaway days (Thursdays 11:15 am- 1: 15 pm) to the surrounding immediate and local community. Giveaways are held weekly, starting early/late spring until late fall/early winter (all depending on the weather!).

We try to vary our harvest, implementing crop rotation to make the garden as sustainable as possible, and thus are currently experimenting with a good few members of the Allium, Brassicaceae and Solanaceous families. We have produced a healthful list of veggies and fruits to date. Fan favorites are the tomatoes, basil, eggplant, zucchini, peppers, lettuce, kale, cucumbers, herbs and more!

Now: We are always looking for volunteers — it is after all, a community garden! If you are interested in getting involved or just want to know more information, please don’t hesitate to email Garden Manager Jess Canose at canosej@rider.edu.

Thanks for coming to check us out. I promise it will be worth your while; take a peek around to see what we’ve been up to and what deliciousness we’ve got in store for you.

Happy browsing!

Jess Canose

Garden Manager

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