1,000 Pounds of Tomatoes

Author: Lisa Wenzel


The Notre Dame Campus Community garden may have touched you even if you have never been there.  This year in just one of the 53 garden plots, Notre Dame Food Services has grown over 1,000 pounds of heirloom tomatoes that have been offered in one of our campus restaurants.  This summer if you tired one of Legends of Notre Dame Restaurant and Alehouse Pub’s salad specials or visited Greenfields and tried our gazpacho, you tasted these tomatoes. 

Grow Irish! The Campus Community Garden helps to improve the quality of life on campus by giving access to

  • fresh local produce
  • fresh air and exercise (recreation and therapy)
  • a wider network of people

The campus community garden is located in White Field. There are 53 plots and over 70 individuals and departments that work in the garden. Moreau Seminary, Office of Information Technology, College of Science Dean’s Office, Theology Department, Center for Continuing Education, and the Hesburgh Library are just a few places where our gardeners work on campus.  Food in the United States travels an average of 1,300 miles from the farm to your plate. When you eat locally grown food, you are eliminating the energy used during transport. Also, fresh produce = better tasting produce.

We are gardening to improve the quality of life for campus participants by providing space to grow fresh healthy produce while promoting an atmosphere of community development and sharing