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: Julia Chrisco
Julia is a second year graduate student in the EVSS program. She graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Viticulture and Enology. Before moving to Charleston, she spent 5 years working in wine production, with her final year focusing on organic, sustainable farming and minimal intervention wines. Julia is interested in natural resources conservation and keeping parks and trails clean and accessible. In her spare time, you can find Julia canning homemade jam, tinkering around in her home garden, or escaping to the mountains to hike with her pup Fig. Otherwise she's probably studying with Olive the cat by her side.

Garden Educator: Reeves Goettee


Reeves is a second year graduate student in the EVSS program. She received her BA in Environmental Studies and her BS in Biology from Wofford College in May 2020. She is interested in environmental education, science communication and working with students to help create future stewards of the environment. Before starting graduate school, Reeves worked as a naturalist for the Barrier Island Environmental Education Center at Camp Saint Christopher on Seabrook Island, SC. She also got to complete an internship in Yosemite National Park with NatureBridge, an environmental education company partnered with the National Park Service. Reeves loves to spend her free time kayaking, caring for her numerous houseplants and taking photos.

Garden Worker: Aly Petruch
Aly Petruch is a third semester EVSS and MPA graduate student. She graduated Ramapo college with a BS in Environmental Science. She spent the last year here in South Carolina doing environmental education and sea turtle conservation. Aly loves being active, traveling, and anything outdoors.

Garden Worker: Nate Elston
Nate Elston is a third semester EVSS graduate student. He graduated from College of Charleston with
a BA in biology. He is interested in botany, horticulture, and sustainable communities. Nate enjoys
exploring the great outdoors, baking, cooking, and caring for his plants.