- Fri., Sept. 6, 10:30 AM: The Farm Team invites the Xavier Community to a "greens tasting" Friday Sept. 6 at 10:30 am. The greens were grown in August in raised bed boxes. (Hosted by Kevin Fitzgerald)
- Tues., Sept. 17, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM: A Campus Sustainability Lunch Tour of farm, new Earth Tubs and NEXUS garden. Meet outside Currito/Fenwick Place at 11:45 am (or at hoop house at 12, Earth Tubs at 12:25, or NEXUS at 12:45.)
- Farm open house hours: To talk or work with Farmer Kevin of Urban Greens - are set for the fall semester: Mondays, 1-5 pm, Tuesdays, 4-6 pm (until sunset), Fridays, 10 am-1 pm, and by appt.
The Xavier University Rec Center Butterfly Urban Farm was started in February 2013, with a charrette held with visiting sustainability leader Craig Schiller. Ten participants, including students, professors and neighbors helped design a small farm area that would serve the university's needs. The resulting design included six raised bed boxes, small hoop house, and seating area for classes, meetings, and recreation.
March 2013: Community Action Day. Twenty students built six raised bed boxes, using recycled wood and kits prepared by the Physical Plant carpenters for student use.
April 2013 - Plant craftsmen Phil, Brad, and Steve constructed the Hoop House. Many Physical Plant staff consulted.
May-July 2013 - Meetings were held with farmer Kevin Fitzgerald of Urban Greens to discuss crops and water, and meetings were held with non-profit OMID Board members to discuss using solar panels to move water and drip irrigate.
August 2013 - Forty yards of compost are purchased from Compost Cincy, one of three farm/composters taking Hoff Dining food scraps to make compost (since December 2011). Plant craftsmen install water meters and lines. Week of Welcome "Fun and Food at the Farm" party is hosted by Sustainability Club. Tours of Earth Tubs, NEXUS and farm are given by Club members and construction managers from Physical Plant. Grilled peaches and pizza were served.
September 2013 -Forty yards of soil are purchased from Hafner & Sons.
Fri Sept 6, 10:30 am: The Farm Team invites the Xavier Community to a "greens tasting" Friday Sept. 6 at 10:30 am. The greens were grown in August in raised bed boxes. (Hosted by Kevin Fitzgerald)
Tues Sept 17, 11:45-1:15 pm: Campus Sustainability Lunch Tour of farm, new Earth Tubs and NEXUS garden. Meet outside Currito/Fenwick Place at 11:45 am. (Or meet at hoop house at 12, Earth Tubs at 12:25, NEXUS at 12:45. Tour ends at 1.) (Led by Ann Dougherty)
More Information and Directions
The Xavier Rec Center Butterfly Urban Farm is sponsored by the Sustainability Committee & Office of Sustainability. All are welcome! The hoop house is available for use by classes and clubs and for tours; please contact Ann Dougherty at ext. 1938 for reservations and appointments.
Farm open house hours - to talk or work with Farmer Kevin of Urban Greens - are set for the fall 2013 semester:
Mondays, 1-5 pm Tuesdays, 4-6 pm (until sunset) Fridays, 10 am-1 pm and by appt.
The Urban Farm is located behind (east of) the Commons Apartments, across from the McGrath Health Center on Cleneay Ave. Walking paths to the hoop house branch from behind Smith Hall, from Cleneay Ave. by McGrath, and also from the Wasson Way pedestrian/bike path behind the Commons Apartments.