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Fall 2016 at The Edible Garden & Bee Hives


Biology students inspect bee hives.


Biology students harvest fall vegetables and pick late fall strawberries and herbs.

The season began on a high note as the new edible garden and bee hive curriculum was featured at the International Congress of Dietetics in Granada, Spain. The busy season included several student visits to the edible garden & bee hives by our biology students who found a thriving garden and productive hives. Each visit students explored one of six experiential lessons that comprise the curriculum which Dr. Jackie Ehlert and Dr. Yan Xu delivered as part of their preliminary research comparing the eating behaviors of participants and non-participants.


1Step Students, Club President Pam Gilligan & Dr. Ehlert-Mercer collaborate in “Let’s Get Fresh” Campaign on Campus

Pam Gilligan a senior Ramapo College student and co-president of the Yoga Club and the 1Step environmental club was instrumental in helping to organize the events this fall on and off-campus.  Some highlights of our collaboration include the delivery of the “Let’s Get Fresh” campaign on campus & “Beeing Mindful” tasting, baking and mindful eating at the Havemeyer House.   To learn more about Pam’s experience visit our blog 

Our Mission:

The Havemeyer Edible Garden at Ramapo College serves as a fertile ground for learning about sustainable food, eating and nutrition.

Our Purpose:

Learning experiences involving the Havemeyer Edible Garden focus on sustainable food and nutrition programs that bring about awareness and motivate individuals to make healthier food choices.

The major focus of the garden is:

  • Deliver sustainable food and nutrition programs for students.
  • Provide sustainable food and nutrition education programs for athletes.
  • Deliver a sustainable food and nutrition lecture series, inviting the community to get involved.
  • Present nutrition programs for children.
  • Invite teachers to participate in sustainable food and nutrition programs.
  • Create global sustainability initiatives for students pursuing study abroad programs.

Printable Brochure: Download this printable brochure of the Havemeyer Edible Garden and learn more about educational programming at the Garden.

Printable Brochure (PDF)


Food Network star, Ellie Krieger, special guest at Havemeyer Edible Garden  Sixth Annual Fundraiser

The Havemeyer Edible Garden’s sixth annual fundraiser took place on September 18, 2014 and featured Ellie Krieger, well-known host of the Food Network’s hit show “Healthy Appetite.”  Krieger is a James Beard Foundation award-winning and New York Times best selling author. She recently released a highly acclaimed new cookbook Weeknight Wonders: Delicious Healthy Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less (More).

High School Seniors Sew the Seeds of Change

Learn here about how the Havemeyer Edible Garden delivers hands-on nutrition programming for high school students. (Programs)

Ramapo College Clubs Engage in the Edible Garden

From clubs like SIFE and 1Step to the Peer Nutrition Educators, EOF programs, and sustainable living residences, opportunities abound for Ramapo students to get involved in the Garden and promote healthy sustainable living. (Programs)