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Meet the team!

This summer, we have two lovely people managing the garden with the assistance of 3 grRReat interns. Meet the team! 

Aiden Campbell and Cate Bentley, co-managers:
Aiden, native to Fort Collins, Colorado, is majoring in Theater Arts. Cate, native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is pursuing a history major at Lawrence University. Both are going into their junior year, and have been a part of the SLUG fam since 2012. 


Jake Valente, pictured center, intern:

Jake is studying as a Russian/French double major. Hailing from Elgin, Illinois, (home of the plant that makes those big sweeper truck things!), Jake is interning this summer in SLUG, working about 10 hours a week. Also pictured are Gus Murphy and Ridley Tankersly, two members of the SLUG Summer Meal Plan Co-op, who volunteer weekly down in SLUG.



Tracy Johnson and Will Gislason, interns:
Tracy is from St.Louis, Missouri, and is looking to major in Linguistics and Russian Literature. She is also interning in the garden, waking up as early as 5am to come help the managers down in the garden! Also pictured is Will Gislason, SLUG’s final intern. Will is SLUG’s upcoming financial manager for the school year, and is majoring in both Environmental Studies and Biology. Both have dedicated a good part of their summer to helping the beautiful garden grow! 



Pictures from the week of 7/14-7/19 :)

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A group of lovely volunteers during nightly volunteer hours, which occur from 6pm-8pm.

A group of lovely volunteers during nightly volunteer hours, which occur from 6pm-8pm.


SLUG: Summer Lazing Until Gardening!

Happy summer!

It’s a beautiful one here in Appleton as Sustainable Lawrence University Gardens enters July of our summer season. We have a lot to catch up on, so let’s get started.

The summer has been amazing so far- so many beautiful growing opportunities (both personal and agriculturally) for the garden. We have a full crew this summer-two managers, Aiden Campbell and Cate Bentley, (as well as the expertise of next year’s co-manager, Abigail Hindson before she jetted off to Argentina) and a few summer interns! Tracy Johnson, Will Gislason, and Jake Valente are all putting in 10+ hours a week helping the managers and leading summer garden hours, which are below. Hours occur daily from 6am-10am, as well as Tuesday/Thursday from 6pm-8pm. We’ve been inviting the campus staff, faculty, and student summer residents to come get dirty with us! Here is our poster:


In addition to garden hours, we also compost weekly, collecting compost from Bon Appetit Catering, Copper Rock cafe, Harmony Cafe, and Aspen Cafe. It’s a beautiful thing, staying connected to the Appleton community with a sustainable purpose. It’s so lovely!

So far, we’ve encountered a few tricksters, but have all of our beds planted! When you run a sustainable and organic garden, a lot of different factors are at play. The garden sees it’s far share of woodchucks (all named Buttons,) rabbits, weeds, voles, bugs, and turtles. We recently found a whole spattering of turtle eggs in our wood-chip pile! We do not use pesticides or herbicides, but instead use alternative methods (like planting certain greens in a line vs randomly seeding to trick bugs,) to combat the few, and totally normal, obstacles we encounter in our space. Cate calls it “Guerilla Gardening”. It’s very chic. :)

As of right now, we have many things growing and doing beautifully:

  • Tomatoes, (green zebra, san marzano, brandywine, and suzanne varieties),
  • pole beans
  • beets
  • peppers
  • peas
  • greens (kale, mizuna, chard, tot soi, arugula)
  • zucchini
  • herbs (basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, mint, chocolate mint, terragon, catnip!)

and introducing our new perennial food forest:

  • asparagus
  • berry bushes (buffalo berries, black berries, raspberries)
  • trees (peach, apple, pears)

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We will continue to post sporadically and keep the interwebs updated on what’s happening down in the garden. We are looking forward to giving staff tours, tours to Appleton businesses, harvesting herbs and peas for staff sales, continuing our relationship with Riverview Gardens, and breathing in the beautiful rain that we’ve gotten so much of! :)

Thank you for reading, and enjoy the summer! If you have any questions, email: 

Much love,
Vernon and Veronica, Resident Voles of SLUG

Babe Aiden getting ready for early morning garden hours!

Babe Aiden getting ready for early morning garden hours!


A panorama of Tracy working in the sun.

A panorama of Tracy working in the sun.

The view from Memorial Hill.

The view from Memorial Hill.

The inside of our 90ft hoophouse!

The inside of our 90ft hoophouse!

SLUGJ: Satirical Ladies Unloading Garden Jargon

Composting: A How-to Guide

Disclaimer: you will only understand these jokes if you have composted.  If you haven’t, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?

1.  Wear multiple rings and sandals.  If you like callouses and broken toenails, pay specific attention to this step.

2.  Only compost during blizzards.  We had a great time last Monday during the blizzard as we did not have the truck and had to lug the compost across icy, traffic-ridden, death roads.  Lots of character and ego-building there due to heavy buckets, staring drivers, and heavy souls.

3.  Squeeze as many people as you can into Truck #5.  Try to avoid driving the truck into the Fox River…that already happened and it won’t be as funny the second time.

4.  Make sure there’s an odd number of people.  That way, you can have a cheering section.

5.  Come hungry.  Sometimes there are whole strawberries (just ask Aiden).

6.  We only use frozen woodchips.

7.  Always wear your Sunday best.  You never get muddy, or smelly, or wet.  Everything always goes perfectly.

8.  If you’re trying to impress someone you’re interested in, bring them composting for a great first date.  You’re bound to look super graceful dragging a 50-pound bucket full of rotting food through the snow.

9.  We only have two rules: try your best, and then do your best.

10.  We compost every week day (that’s Monday to Friday, folks) at 3:45 p.m.  MWF at the Loading Dock (behind Phi Tau), and T-Th in the garden.

Looking forward to getting dirty with you! 



Love from,

Cake and AppleKale


Photo credit: SLUG


Purslane – the Clark Kent of Weeds

Purslane is the Clark Kent of weeds. It hides there in plain sight with its unassuming looks as just another green thing in the garden, but once brought into the kitchen – BAM! – it is the greatest ingredient and sometimes even saves the day. I learned about many plants while working in the garden this summer, but I have a special attachment to purslane. I had been hearing about this amazing purslane soup for the better half of the summer and finally decided to look into recipes using the secret delicacy. I entered the green into Food Gawker (as you do) and more recipes than I thought would popped up. I settled on purslane pancakes ( ).

Best. Choice. Ever.

Although purslane does not carry a strong taste, the plant offered a light flavor that s enjoyed by all for dinner that night. I could have used spinach or kale for the meal, but why not use something that I can find for free in my own backyard?! Purslane saves the day and acts as a great substitute when there are none of the usual greens in the fridge.

I also consider purslane my personal superhero because, when I am far away from home (as far away from India!), purslane never fails to show up and provide me with a little comfort of home.



Purslane creeping along and blanketing the garden with its protection.


Throwback Tuesday

Anyone remember these good old days in 2005? How the garden has grown and changed!garden 2005



A few of our favorite bugs, courtesy of Annica. First person to identify them all wins a free eggplant!IMG_0503 IMG_0510 IMG_0546 IMG_0588


The Beez

We sampled some honeycomb after checking on the bees a few weeks ago. IMG_0519

Our bees are busy at work, and we’re excited for the fall honey harvest. It’s a good time to be a SLUG beekeeper.

How many volunteers does it take to remove a weed root system?


Answer: 3



We have some great summer volunteers. Join us every Thursday at 6:30 in the garden to share in the fun.

Meet the Summer SLUG Crew 2013


The Team (left to right) Annica, Corinne, Polly, Martha

Since the initiation of the SLUG garden on campus, students have had the opportunity to stay over the summer and manage the garden production, development, harvest, and market. Interested students write an application sharing why they would like to be a part of the SLUG summer team.  With the garden in full summer swing, the summer crew has a chance to develop, plan, and finish new projects in the garden.

This summer an enthusiastic bunch of ladies can be seen (and heard) jamming in the garden. Rather than introducing ourselves, we decided to introduce each other…

The ABC (DEFG)’s of Annica Mandeltort

Anthropology lover.
Beekeeping babe.
Crew and roller derby star.
Ever print-making.
From Libertyville, Illinois.
Going to India soon.

Ring the alarm, it’s Polly Dalton!

Hailing from Hartford, Wisconsin, Polly Dalton run the world (SLUG). This diva studies government at Lawrence, is crazy in love with tennis and biking, and constantly shares her halo of knowledge with those willing to listen. This past year Polly enjoyed studying in Copenhagen, an irreplaceable part of her life she never fails to bring up in conversation because she is still in love with her experience there. She cannot help but countdown to the day she can return! Until then, Polly continues to bring joy to and shower love on top of SLUG with her bright smile, enthusiastic singing, and creative energy. When not collaborating with the rest of the SLUG team, she is jumpin’ jumpin’ on any new project she can get her hands on. Flaws and all, this suga mama is an inspiration for all those independent women out there!


CORINNE ‘Independent Woman’ KOCHER

WANTED FOR: Being a French-speakin’, Senegal-lovin’, garden-tamin’, government-studyin’, cello-playin’, coffee-drinkin’, feminist babe from Crown Point, Indiana.

REWARD: An endless supply of morning glories
and lots of TLC

If Good Times were Burdock Roots
(The Life of Martha Allen)

There once was SLUG lady from Kansas
Her smiles and kindness were famous
Jigging along while taking out burdock
and caring for our magical beanstalk
she lived her life with great zealous

Not Just a Vegetable Garden

We’re growing plenty of produce, like tomatoes and kale, for the fall, but we also have many helpful flowers and fragrant herbs around the garden. Most are in full bloom and add a nice splash of color to our vegetable beds!

Our summer staff (unofficial) photographer, Annica, is documenting their growth.

Our morning glories are vining up the fence around our eggplants.


Our parsley is ready for harvest.


Our perennial daisies just flowered a few weeks ago.


More and more color appears in the garden as the weeks go by!