Garden Notes: Update from the Pleasantville Organic Vegetable Garden

By Angelo Spillo

This year our organic vegetable garden is off to a great start thanks to seven dedicated students and several faculty and staff members. Student involvement in the garden started to grow before COVID-19 hit, but this spring more students than ever have expressed interest and are happy to get their hands dirty.

We had about 500 plants growing in the hoop house and many have been transplanted. Our first radishes were picked last week and the crew is nurturing our cold weather crops including broccoli, cabbage, turnips, beets, carrots, snap peas, bok choi, lettuce and more.

One new addition this year will be a “community” herb garden located outside the gated garden area. This is available to anyone who wants to can come and clip herbs. This new garden should be complete in the next couple of weeks.

Our staff/faculty Garden Club has started meeting again for the season. We meet on scheduled Thursdays or Fridays and exchange ideas about gardening followed by a visit to the garden. This year I’ll have handouts, garden book raffles, and maybe even some plants to give away. If you are interested, send an email to to be added to the mailing list for scheduled dates.

Angelo Spillo

Angelo Spillo

Director of Operations and Co-Curricular Enrichment, Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment

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