Mission

The Countway Community Garden strives to provide the Harvard Longwood community with a safe and enriching outdoor space, and to engage the community through gardening opportunities, unique programming, and wellness-focused initiatives as an extension of Countway Library. 

Vision

We aim to promote our mission through activities available to the Harvard Longwood community and the general public including events, tours, social gatherings, demonstrations, educational resources, and other programming. In addition, as a physical extension of Countway Library, we are also able to offer a safe reservable venue for events hosted by other campus departments. And finally, the garden provides a beautiful green space for the public to enjoy every day from dawn until dusk.

Goals

  • Provide a welcoming community green space where classes, students, faculty, staff, and the public can engage with each other and with the garden space
  • Engage directly with the three campus schools, affiliate hospitals, and surrounding neighborhoods through large annual functions as well as smaller community-building events
  • Provide an opportunity for Harvard Longwood community members to engage their passion for gardening
  • Develop resources and volunteer opportunities for community members interested in learning about food production, agriculture, sustainability, and justice in the food system
  • Benefit the greater community by modeling public health practices such as improved resource management, creating access to healthy and locally sourced vegetables and herbs, heat index diversion, and promoting sustainable principles
  • Become a model for library- and school-based gardens and university urban agriculture education