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WILD Wes Workdays!

From our friends at WILD Wes:



Join us for some post-brunch gardening as we spruce up the WestCo Courtyard. We’ll plant some pretty flowers & tasty treats and begin the process of sheet mulching, a staple of permaculture. Newcomers are always welcome; add us on OrgSync or email wildwesu@gmail to stay in touch.

We’ll also be collecting cardboard over the coming weeks, so if you’ve got any of that good biodegradable stuff to spare, feel free to drop it off during a workday!

Dates: Sunday, May 3 and Sunday, May 10
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Place: WestCo Courtyard

WILD Wes Interest Meeting


From our friends at WILD Wes:

sprawling green lawns = excessive water + pesticides + fertilizers + fuel for mowers + labor costs + storm runoff + algae blooms + monoculture + monotony

permaculture = rain + helpful microbes + insect and animal habitats + fruits + vegetables + herbs + colorful flowers + perennial plants + shade (from trees, not people) + compost + resilience + natural “pest” control + bees + butterflies + water storage + low-maintenance

WILD Wes = Working for Intelligent Landscape Design at Wesleyan = permaculture + free produce + teamwork + exercise + learning + praxis + FUN

Stop by the brief interest meeting today to learn more about how we can make this campus (and the world) a more sustainable and beautiful place. Especially if you live in the butts or westco and are curious in what’s growing in your courtyard! There is also the potential for paid summer positions. If you can’t make it, email wildwesu@gmail.com.

Date: Thursday, March 5 (Today!)
Time: 7:15 PM
Place: Allbritton 318

Wild Walls

WILD WALLSFrom Kate “Katydid” Weiner ’15:

Love to garden? Want to learn more about vertical living walls? Enjoy making things? Wild Walls will be building a large-scale green wall on campus this semester that will incorporate both a vertical garden and herb wall.

We would love your help! If you’d like to join or have any questions/ideas, contact kweiner[at]wesleyan.edu

WILD Wes Workday

If you’ve been curious about that crazy garden growing behind Weshop, stop by the first WILD Wes workday of the year to learn more and get involved in its design and maintenance. All are welcome, whether you’re an experienced gardener or you’re just interested in sustainability (or you want free homegrown kale and plums). People who know anything about scaring away groundhogs are particularly welcome.

Workdays happen every Saturday from 1 to 4 pm, and weekly meetings are TBD. You can read more about WILD Wes here and here and connect with the group through OrgSync.

Date: Saturday, September 13
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Place: WestCo Courtyard



From Manon Lefèvre ’14:

It was discovered this weekend that one of WILD Wes’ locked storage structures has been vandalized and some tools stolen. Members of WILD Wes are very concerned and upset at this vandalism and ask that whoever stole the tools please return them from the place they were taken (with amnesty), as they are desperately needed. If you have any information on the whereabouts of the missing tools, please contact Manon Lefèvre at mlefevre[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

WILD Wes Landscape Design Presentation

WILD Wes crest

Come join the students of ENVS420 “Building Resilient Landscape Systems: The Intersection of Deep Ecology and Sustainable Landscape Design” (a WILD Wes student forum) in celebration of their work  revisiting the design of the WestCo Courtyard sustainable landscaping and permaculture project. This culminating event will include a presentation of new designs and future plantings, updates on WILD Wes’ work over the last three years, and a celebration of our campus landscape.

Drop in to see pin-ups of designs, plant information, and project goals; student presentations will begin at 5:30. Light refreshments will be served.

Date: April 22nd
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Zilkha South Gallery

Working for Intelligent Landscape Design at Wesleyan


Manon Lefèvre ’14 has some more green goddess goodness up her sleeves

You might have heard of WILD Wes, seen the wild glory of the WestCo Courtyard, or had the chance to run up the newly hand-built staircase leading up to Summerfields. Did you know that students did all that?? WILD Wes is a student group that re-envisions the way we interact with our campus landscape, working to design and build more beautiful, productive, engaging gardens that transform our often neglected campus spaces into unifying places.

Over the next few months, we are planning a major collaborative design of the Butts terraces and furthering our design of the WestCo Courtyard to build a kick-ass social space filled with a ton of amazing plants. Plus, we’re organizing lectures, movies, and all kinds of fun events. And we’re looking for people interested in permaculture, plants, landscape design, and learning something new to join us in our efforts! If you think you want to have a hand in re-connecting with our campus landscape, come to our new meeting time – Wednesdays at 8pm at the University Organizing Center!

Place: University Organizing Center (190 High)
Date: Wednesdays at 8pm

Student Forum Info Session: Building Resilient Landscape Systems

Manon Lefevre ’14 and Will Wiebe ’14, current title-holders for Longest Student Forum Name, write in to explain what “Building Resilient Landscape Systems: The Intersection of Deep Ecology and Sustainable Landscape Design” is all about:

By this point, you’ve probably realized that Foss Hill wasn’t always a giant lawn.

Our student forum will explore how traditional landscape design mediates our relationship with the natural environment, expressing and reinforcing our anthropocentric worldview. We will consider alternative techniques to monocultivated ecosystems through the study of plant architecture and soil ecology, philosophies of permaculture, and practical maintenance and design work on Wesleyan’s own two permaculture sites, in the WestCo Courtyard and in the Butts.

This forum will encourage a holistic approach to sustainable landscape design, and, hopefully, help you develop a hands-on appreciation for the environment you inhabit.

Date: Wednesday, January 29th
 UOC, 190 High St.

Tour of the WestCo Courtyard Permaculture Landscape

From Manon Lefevre ’14:

Since 2010, WILD Wes (Working for Intelligent Landscape Design at Wesleyan) has been working on changing the face of our campus landscape to build beautiful, productive, unifying places. The WestCo courtyard was our first project, transformed from its degraded and eroded state into a stunning landscape with dozens of edible and native trees and shrubs, rain gardens, and native meadows (and all that kaaale). Now, nearly three years later, we are hosting a special Parents’ Weekend tour of the garden for anyone interested in its history and ecology. If you’ve ever wondered about the space or would like to learn more about WILD Wes, come on out! Bring your family! And we’ll hopefully be planting trees in the courtyard at that time as well, which will be awesome!!!

Date: Saturday, November 2
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Place: WestCo Courtyard

WILD Wes Earth Day Planting

This just in from native flora’s favorite ginger, Manon Lefevre ’14:KALEKALEKALEKALEKALEKALE

Happy 43rd Earth Day!! In honor of plum trees and elderberries and all things earth, join WILD Wes for a romp in the WestCo courtyard to plant some plants and do a little something nice for our dear old mother. Come dig, plant, get as dirty and wild as you want, or just come by to pick some of the delicious kale growing all along the central pathway!

Date: Earth Day (Monday, 4/22)
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM
Place: West College Courtyard