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, Davis 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


Meadow started the EVSS program in August 2020 and is the assistant garden manager out at Stono. She graduated from Lynn University with a Bachelor in Environmental Sciences. Afterwards, she volunteered with the Peace Corps doing Agroforestry in Senegal with a focus on cashew propagation. After completing her two years in agroforestry she stayed an additional year doing Gender and Development work just outside the capital. Meadow enjoys gardening and anything that involves the water, which is why she is focusing her studies on coastal and marine management at the College of Charleston

Garden Assistant: Jackson Barratt Heitmann


Jackson is a first year EVSS graduate student. He received his BA from Bard College in Global and International Studies in May 2018. He is interested in forest succession dynamics, especially as they relate to plant-bird interactions and overall biodiversity of human-altered landscapes. 

Before starting graduate school, Jackson did invasive plant management in Maine for 6 months, then taught the For the Birds! program with Audubon New York in NYC for 11 months, before working on a bird behavior research project. When he's not at Stono, Jackson enjoys birding, running, and making homemade naan. 

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: Sean Cannon


Sean is a first year graduate student in the EVSS program and started in the Spring of 2021. He is interested in sustainable food systems and how they can be utilized as a public health tool, environmental nonprofit management, sustainable urban planning, and community outreach. Sean received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Business Administration and minored in Environmental Studies. 

Before moving to Charleston, he worked as a Program Analyst for Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Washington D.C. and spent the past 7 years working in sales for Coca-Cola as an Account Developer in Richmond, Virginia.

Sean loves to spend his free time at the beach and exploring the Charleston area with his fiancé Maggie, and their two dogs, Ned and Arya.