MIT groups collaborate to create community sustainability garden

UA Sustain, MIT’s Office of Sustainability, and MIT Ground Services collaborated to create The Hive, a sustainability garden located on Saxon Lawn near Walker Memorial. The garden is the product of a 2017 survey conducted by UA Sustain. According to the Office of Sustainability, the survey indicated great student interest in a community garden.

The garden’s design, which includes hexagonal cedar planters and an irrigation system, was approved during the summer of 2019. Construction began at the same time. Students helped  install planters and tables, build chairs in the Architecture Shop, and plant flowers and other plants.

In addition to providing a relaxing space for MIT community members, The Hive brings awareness to the important role of pollinators, such as bees, birds, and butterflies, in sustaining food security and environmental health.

Future goals of The Hive include making the garden a home to the local pollinator population as well as a community space for sustainability education.

Those interested in learning more about the garden and its goals can attend the The Hive Garden Open House Friday, Oct. 25 3 p.m.–4 p.m.