A+D Garden

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A+D Students and faculty plant a new garden. Cultivating the garden is a metaphor for cultivating one’s own creative practice.

  • Farm + Table Club Exhibits at Wellness Fair
  • Farm + Table Club Exhibits at Wellness Fair
  • Farm + Table Club Exhibits at Wellness Fair

Farm + Table Club at the Wellness Fair

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Farm + Table Club Serves Over 100 Cups of Fresh Juice

A+D Clubs Build Community Through Campus Events

The mission of our club is to educate others, so that they have the knowledge to know how important it is to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Yet, you will learn to be creative and grow different produce while taking care of our planet. You’ll then be able to learn how to cook a balanced meal by using the produce you’ve grown.

We are a club that is based on helping others, while being a community-open to everyone and their open minds. We love to hear from others, you are important to us and it is important that we are able to spread our word. Gardening and having the knowledge of where our food comes from is important. In addition, it’s important for us to fuel our bodies with the right nutritional foods.

Garden 1.0

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In Spring 2014 the department created a garden as a way to connect students to the creative process seen in nature. Every process in gardening mirrors the creative development the department seeks to nurture. Tilling the soil is a way to introduce air, and nutrients back into the ground. Nurturing a seedling, is not unlike the nurturing process designers employ everyday as they bring a new concept to life. Pruning vines back mirrors the development cycle of refining concepts, and trimming elements that do not support your design goals. The abundant vegetables the A+D garden produced also teaches us about consumption and sharing. It’s impossible for an individual to eat all the tomatoes at one time. When we buy something, we want to keep it to ourselves. However when you grown something, it’s the most natural thing in the world to share it with people you love.

The garden needed to be harvested every 2 weeks. This factored into the Art.Eat.Film series that Tim Musso and Terrill Thomas created as a way to encourage the students to stay engaged over the summer. Every two weeks alumni, current students and incoming freshman would get together, harvest the garden and cook. This process naturally created connections between all three groups. The garden continued to produce through out the coming year, and served as a catalyst for socials and dinners. By experiencing the wonder of growing food, we begin to get a glimpse into the sacredness of how plants grow and how magical and beautiful this created world really is.