Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.13
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2013
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Auburn University
ER-T2-2: Organic Garden

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Michael Kensler
Director Sustainability Operations
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an on-campus garden where students are able to gain organic farming and/or gardening experience?:

A brief description of the garden:

The community garden has existed on and off for approximately20 years. It consists of approximately sixty plots which are rented year-round to students, faculty, and community members for $25, $40, and $50 respectively. Water and space are provided.

The Auburn Real Food Challenge accepted responsibility for management of the garden in the spring of 2012, and it has been a functional, active, popular, and fun program. The Auburn Real Food Challenge's goals are to bring more healthy, local food to campus. The broader purpose of the garden is to get people actively involved in growing their own food and foster a better understanding of where our food comes from and how it makes its way to the plate.

Future possibilities for the garden include supplying Tiger Dining with produce from the garden. Sustainability is a core consideration. Gardening at the Community Garden is thought of an described as an activity that builds a clear linkage and direct appreciation for the earth as the source of our food, growing and utilizing food in a responsible manner, and in managing in such a way as to nurture and improve the garden itself in the process.

The website URL where information about the garden is available:

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