Student Garden

Thank you to The Golden Pearl Foundation for their yearly contribution that helps us accomplish our goals and fulfill our mission!

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.

Assistant Garden Manager: Meadow Noonan

Garden Assistant: Judy Taylor


Judy is a first year graduate student in the EVSS program and part of the Fall 2020 cohort. She is interested in studying coastal hazard resilience, spatial analysis, emergency management, and sustainable urban planning.

She received her bachelor's degree in Geoscience/Environmental Studies from the University of Connecticut, where she researched both the geomorphic and societal impacts of sea level rise in coastal urban environments. She then spent two years working for Homesite Insurance in Boston, MA as a Catastrophe Risk Analyst, researching financial implications of natural disasters on homes. In her free time, Judy enjoys camping, baking, adding to her already too large rock collection, and listening to podcasts.

Garden Assistant and Beekeeper: Sara Brunner


Sara is a second year graduate student in the EVSS program. She is interested in studying local indigenous local knowledge to better understand natural systems, bridging social-ecological systems. Sara is the College of Charleston's Apprentice Beekeeper, which serves as the liaison between the College and the Charleston Area Beekeeping Association. Her main duties are to help manage the educational hives at Stono and give assistance to the maintenance of the gardens. 

Sara graduated from University of Dayton with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Medical Humanities. When not in class or at Stono, Sara can be found at the beach or foraging in the forest. 

Garden Outreach Assistant: Nicole Killen