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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Thursday, March 5 (Today!)
Time: 7:15 PM
Place: Allbritton 318
From 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
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
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
Location: Zilkha South Gallery
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
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
Location: UOC, 190 High St.
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
This just in from native flora’s favorite ginger, Manon Lefevre ’14:
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
Thinking about which student forums to join this spring (cool topics and academic credit hollaaaaa)? Nate Dolton-Thornton ’15 has a super cool option for you:
The WILD Wes student forum is back again this spring, and things are popping! The information session for this semester’s forum will be this Thursday night at Earth House, following the first student group meeting of the year at 8:00pm! For now, here’s a brief description of the course:
This semester, we’ll be learning about permaculture, landscape design, and plant biology/ecology, interspersed with group-based landscape design projects. At the same time, the student group will be working with administrators so that, come a bit later, students will have the chance to design the Summerfields area of the Butts or WILD Wes’ second full-on site! The latter part of the forum (when it’s warm and the ground is less frozen) will be spent implementing and learning about the final plantings in the WILD WestCo site — the understory plants in the Edible Forest Garden and Forest Mimic, and the Shrub and Berry Thicket — and, hopefully, starting work on the new WILD Wes site!
Contact Rina Kremer ’15 at rkremer(at)wesleyan(dot)edu or Nate Dolton-Thornton ’15 at ndoltonthorn(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with any questions, comments, or for more information!
Date: Thursday, January 31
Place: Eart Yurt (159 High St.)