A New Approach to Thanksgiving

I know Thanksgiving was over a week ago and I’m sure you are all excited about Christmas. But let’s think back a few days, back to that glorious day when it is socially acceptable to stuff yourself silly…shall we?

Before Thanksgiving my mom is always stressed out about what our family’s dish to pass will be. One nice thing about living at home: I am still grouped with my family and don’t have to worry about creating elaborate apple walnut pies or accidentally bringing squash–which Aunt Ann brings every year, apparently. Who remembers details like that? I guess I am more concerned with eating all of the homemade delicousness on the table rather than who the empty bowl will go home with when the meal is over. I dread the day that I will have to worry about what I’m making for Thanksgiving. At the same time, though, I get the notion that when you have to start doing your part at Thanksgiving, it is like a rite of passage into adulthood. Your family now officially trusts you enough to cook for them. What would be more impressive than bringing something that you actually grew?

“How can I grow green beans to take to Thanksgiving dinner while at college?” you ask. It’s easier than you think. Did you know that you could rent a raised bed right here at JCC? Thanks to years of planning by Aimee Brunelle and Shannon Bessette, along with the help of members of the Social Activism Club and Earth Awareness Club, JCC is now home to a community garden. There are 20 raised beds filled with premium compost located behind the tennis courts on the Jamestown Campus available to use in the spring.

This is one more item to add to the list of sustainable projects sponsored by JCC. An opening celebration was held on October 24 to educate prospective gardeners about the project and to thank the BOCES students who built the raised beds. For more information on the opening celebration you can check out this great article from The Post-Journal titled “Food Oasis”. If you’re interested in renting a bed please contact Aimee Brunelle using this email form.

About the author

Kate Ewer

Hi, my name is Kate and I’m currently a sophomore student at Jamestown Community College. I work on campus answering phones at the switchboard and also help out in the President’s Office. I love to sing and have participated in choir and vocal jazz here on campus. In my free time I enjoy listening to music and spending time on my family’s farm with my goats.