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The Lake Campus Community Garden of Life is a new campus-wide initiative which will unite faculty, staff, administration, students, alumni and campus partners while giving back to our local communities. Together we will plant, nurture and harvest. All fruits (or vegetables) of our labor will be donated.
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Fast Facts
Committee Members

  • Over $3,000 has been raised to use to purchase all supplies
  • All Produce from the garden will be donated to C.A.L.L. Food Pantry in Celina, OH and Agape Food Pantry in St. Marys, OH
  • The gardens are raised beds in order to avoid soil compaction from walking on the soil, eliminates the need for tillers, easier to control weeds, an excellent drainage for excessive water
  • Strawberries, onions, lettuce, carrots, asparagus, tomatoes, parsley, rhubarb, potatoes, beets, and zucchini are currently planted
  • Garden beds contain organic waste such as leaves, eggshells, shredded paper, food scraps and grass clippings
  • Labor is all volunteer

Gretchen Rentz
Kip Wright
Julie Miller
Seth Baker
Jan Eckstein
Liane Muhlenkamp
Ron Kremer
John Hawley


Timeline of Events

September 2011
  • Staff personnel discussed creating a garden
October 2011
  • A garden committee was created and approval for a community garden was granted
  • Based upon the area given, condition of site, etc. it was determined to build raised garden beds and construction began
November 2011
  • Garden committee decided upon the name of  WSU-LC Community Garden
  • A truck load of wood compost was ordered and received
  • Began filling the raised beds during the construction with leaves, grass clippings, shredded paper, kitchen waste, etc.
  • Accepted leaves from staff personnel and a donated truck load of leaves received from St. Marys Township

December 2012

  • Purchased a Rubbermaid storage building for supplies and tools storage
  • Scrapbook created to hold photos, note, etc. for viewing
  • Received 180 pounds of fertilizer as a donation from Van Tilburg Farms
  • Applied the granular fertilizer to assist in the composing of the leaves
  • Created a 3.5 foot French drain for water from the parking lot
January 2012
  • Seeds have been ordered and received from nurseries
  • Applied eight gallons of liquid fertilizer to leaves to accelerate composing and 300 pounds of agriculture lime to reduce acid level due to leaves
  • Applied 300 pounds of agriculture lime to reduce acid level due to leaves
February 2012
  • Eighth raised garden bed constructed to continue to accept yard waste, shredded paper, cafeteria waste, etc.
  • The initial seven raised beds are full
  • Garden bed markers are being constructed.Materials and work is being donated thanks to Kinninger Welding and Coldwater Machine
March 2012
  • Manure and topsoil  applied to the garden beds
April 2012
  • Planting began in early April with rhubarb, parsley, strawberries, carrots, potatoes, asparagus, and onions
  • First radishes harvested
May 2012
  • Garden is available for public viewing
  • Onions, strawberries, lettuce and radishes being harvested and donated to Agape Food Pantry in St. Marys, OH and C.A.L.L. Ministries in Celina, OH
  • Early May received adequate rain and warm temperatures and plants are doing well




community garden signage
The Community Garden sits west of Trenary Hall and close to the northern shore of Grand Lake St. Marys.
The steaks holding the signage for the produce are made out of PVC. Kinniger Wedling cut the steaks and Coldwater Machine assembled them.
produce organicwaste
Radish harvest
Materials are put in the compost pile by campus members to decompose and be used in the garden beds.
kremer coverage
Ron Kremer, Adjunct Professor, and Julie Miller, WOEF Development Officer and BEC Director, spread topsoil in the beds. Kremer has played a key role in the Lake Campus Community Garden.
Some plants have been covered to keep away unwanted visitors.
Lake Campus staff, faculty and students participated in a We Serve U Day where they spent some time working in the Community Garden. They also heard from Ron Kremer about things they can do in their spare time to help upkeep the garden.
Walkways have been created to keep gardeners from spreading dirt.
baker Seth Baker, MBA Graduate Assistant, assists Teresa Bienz, Student Services Administrative Support, at the We Serve U Day.



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