Student Garden

The Student Garden is a ~2-acre site with a teaching garden for educational programs and a production field for a produce market (coming soon). The garden supports education and research in biology, geology, environmental studies, education, communication, history, business and many other disciplines. The Student Garden is located at the College of Charleston Stono Preserve.

Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator: Lucy Davis


As coordinator, Lucy organizes and maintains the partnerships and events at the student garden. She is passionate about addressing food insecurity within the College of Charleston community and connecting with organizaitons with similar goals of the larger Charleston community. As former Garden Manager during graduate school, Lucy understands what it takes from the ground up to care for and enhance the garden. Lucy also serves as Program Coordinator for the Masters of Environmental and Sustainability Studies.

Meet our Graduate Garden Staff


Garden Manager: Michael Cranford

Michael is a concurrent MES/MPA degree student with an interest in municipal utilities, agriculture, and water quality. As the Garden Manager, he develops plans for planting, harvesting, and general maintenance, while coordinating with community partnerships to fulfill the mission of the Sustainable Agriculture Program. He is also working towards his beekeeper certification in order to help maintain the Charleston Area Beekeeping Association’s educational hives at Stono Preserve.

Michael graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Agricultural Mechanization & Business and a minor in Environmental Science and Policy. A former Boy Scout, Michael is passionate about protecting and conserving the environment for the enjoyment of future generations. When not in class or the garden, he enjoys spending time outside, fishing, playing basketball, and shooting sporting clays or archery.



Garden Outreach Graduate Assistant: Matt Simms

Matt is in his second year of the MES program and is interested in studying the types of conservation approaches in Sub-Saharan Africa and which ones contribute to successful conservation. Matt will be working on collaborations with community organizations, writing grants, and helping to build the education program. 

Matt is from Louisville, KY and graduated from Bellarmine University with a degree in Environmental Studies. Matt also works part time at GrowFood Carolina assisting with their sales and warehouse staff.

Assistant Garden Manager: Kaylee Smith


Kaylee is a first year graduate student in the EVSS program.  She is interested in studying climate change, sustainable living practices on the individual level, and environmental mapping as a tool to support conservation efforts. Kaylee's primary tasks include maintaining the upkeep of the Student Garden, initiating new projects, and assisting with education and outreach efforts. 

Kaylee graduated from Brevard College in Brevard, NC with a bachelors degree in Environmental Science and two minors in Geology and Art. When not in class or at the garden, Kaylee can be found paddle boarding with her pup Lana, or at home roasting sweet potatoes.

Assistant Garden Outreach: Shelly McComb


Shelly is a first semester graduate student in the EVSS program. She received her bachelor's degree from Clemson University majoring in Biology with a minor in Environmental Science and Policy. While at Clemson, Shelly worked on marine research projects studying the toxicological effects of oil spills by using Lionfish as a bioindicator species and also studying the homing behavior of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster. Her future research interests include human environmental effects and working with public outreach and education. In her free time, Shelly loves to explore Charleston with her dog, Cane.