Ben Alden: Another of Claremont’s Blue Boys #1

by Pasadena Adjacent

I don’t know how Ben died, what I do know is that BEN and some of his friends back in 1998, decided to reclaim some wasteland on the edge of the Claremont college property and then turn it into a sustainable farm.  I discovered their farm on one of my “ivy envy cross town flights of fancy”. More specifically by following the sweet smell of ganga that led me towards these mellow students. They happily toiled away clearing concrete and garbage from the site. I helped, I ate, I chatted, I left and later returned (lots of times).