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Gate handcrafted by Coreyanna Moore, College of Charleston alumna.Dr. Tracy Burkett established the Student Garden in 2010 with a generous grant from the Golden Pearl Foundation. Since that time many students have helped the garden develop into a 1 1/4-acre site for education, research, and food production. Lucy Davis, Program Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, is the current Director of the Student Garden. The 2019-2020 Graduate Garden Manager is Michael Cranford.

The Student Garden seeks to educate, inspire, and nourish the College of Charleston community. The garden is a place where students can learn firsthand about agriculture, gardening, food systems, business development and holistic land management by engaging directly with a functioning market garden. Workshops and volunteer days are two outlets for students to get their hands dirty at the garden, and both venues provide students the opportunity to learn about everything from marketing strategies to the latest in sustainable agricultural techniques. In addition to the market garden, the Student Garden provides dedicated research space for students to hone their skills in project management and field research. By providing a stake in the life and health of the garden, rather than mere access, the garden allows students to grow both mentally and physically, all while working to get good food to their fellow classmates.

Despite its name, the Student Garden welcomes College of Charleston faculty and staff. Faculty and staff can attend workshops and volunteer at the garden on workdays. Faculty can also request plots for conducting research on agricultural practices or related fields.

Want to learn more about what's happening at the Garden? Read the Student Garden Newsletter!

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