In the fall of 2009, members of EAC began to dream of an organic, on-campus garden that Branson could call their own. When the club decided to embark on this endeavor, with ’10 alum Sarah Arndt at the forefront, it was necessary to come up with a game plan. There were many questions that needed to be answered; where to put the garden, how much would it cost, where the financial support come from, who would be responsible for the garden once built, where the wood, seeds, soil, etc. would come from and more.
The EAC scoured for answers to these questions and then met with the Head of School Woody Price to pitch the idea. Permission was granted to begin work. While the school provided some financial support, it was clear that the garden would be a costly endeavor. Sarah Arndt sent out hundreds of letters to faculty, parents, and community residents, and many became generous garden sponsors. Their support was integral to the success of the garden.
The students and faculty worked diligently in springtime and summer of 2010 to clear and level a plot of land on the hill adjacent to the Branson steps. A fence was erected and raised beds were built and filled with soil. When fall of 2010 arrived, the garden was ready for seeds to be sown and for plants to grow.