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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.

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.