Hatter Harvest is a community organic garden at Stetson University run by the students. It was founded in 2009
This is Hatter Harvest with Russell the vice president of the club working on planting some seeds, preparing for the spring. The group meets two times a week, Monday and Friday afternoons to work in the garden and also figure out the business aspects of things. Russell is a multi-generation farmer, his mom founded and runs planted earth, one of the many organic gardens in Deland and most of the other members of the club are earning their degrees in environmental studies. This is not just a garden for the school, it is also a garden for the community, anyone and everyone are welcome to come and help and share in the harvest.
In the garden there are blueberries, collards, hot peppers, quinoa, parsley, cilantro, aloe, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, wild tomato plants growing out of every crack, baby peas planted just a few weeks ago, baby okra too and that’s what we are planting more of today. We are filling a few more beds with dirt, soil from the dwindling mountain along the back of the garden, planted seeds and watered it with worm tea. Worm tea is water poured over the worm bin they have and the watering can below it to catch the water, this cleans off the worms and using the water fertilizes the soil.
below are some links about worm farms
Here’s a picture of what Hatter Harvest looked like a few years ago, when our 4H group, the bee attitudes, helped at a work day, a few other groups also showed up to help. The garden grows along with the students who help to continuously create it by coming together to work in it while planning for the future of it.
A few years ago the students before them started a Stetson farmers market once a month during the Stetson school year, these students help continue the market.
Local organic farmers set up to sell their produce to sell on a Sunday afternoon.
Lots of reasons to buy organic
Find the local farmers markets near you
Here’s some information on community gardens
And Hatter Harvest is growing still, the Bee club at Stetson has just added 2 hives to the native area of Stetson.
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