Because Goshen College hasn’t used pesticides on the campus prairies for the past two years, the dandelions greens that grow are safe for consumption. Students celebrated the arrival of spring by harvesting dandelions from the prairies on campus, which were then prepared in a delicious meal featuring dandelion stir fry, dandy muffins, bread, cookies, and more. Learn more about how we transformed something perceived as weeds into dishes for all to enjoy.
Several acres of prairie on Goshen College’s campus were burned as part of a management plant to establish the prairie and control non-native weeds. In recent years, Goshen College has restored 12 acres of lawn to native landscaping.
April 22, 2012 This year we have a bumper crop of dandelions at Goshen College! In fact, I think it is safe to say that in the 108 year history of our campus, dandelions have never been this abundant or healthy. For the last several decades at least, these perennial yellow harbingers of spring have … Keep reading »
Large areas of the college campus lawn are being transformed from traditional lawn to native prairie laboratory spaces. For almost a year, Goshen College has been planning and organizing this effort, and on May 2 the process began. The change required that the existing turf be killed and new seeds be planted. Now the slow … Keep reading »
Goshen College plans to convert about seven acres of its approximate 55-acres of lawn to native landscaping.
The south corner of campus is the first glimpse that northbound drivers on Main Street get and that view will be improving as a new rolling prairie of a diversity of grasses and flowers will grow in the spring to replace the view of a flat turf grass area and community recycling bins.