Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.73
Liaison Sean MacInnes
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2014
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University of North Carolina, Greensboro
ER-T2-2: Organic Garden

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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 campus garden was started in October 2010. Faculty and staff, working with the Sustainability Office, were allowed use of the site of a demolished home to build the UNCGreensboro Gardens. The empty lot first contained 25 raised beds, constructed with boards salvaged from an old barn; this was expanded to more than 35 in 2012. Pathways are covered with wood chips from tree trimming and removal work that occurred on or near campus.

UNCGreensboro Gardens aims to build healthy, interactive communities through the collective production of locally grown, organic food. The UNCGG draws on the knowledge of various experts at the university and within the local community, including area master gardeners.

The Garden has been used by many classes, including Environmental Studies and a Classics course, “The Archaeology of Roman Daily Life,” in which students grew foods used by ancient Romans. "Environment in Anthropology" currently uses two beds, one for medicinal herbs and the other for edibles. Students are interested in ethnobotany and are looking at indigenous plants used in NC for healing.

Several staff groups have plots, and the Garden has also spawned a student gardening club. Dining Services has planted herbs in four beds for use in dishes they cater on campus.

The website URL where information about the garden is available:

Some information for this credit was received from Dr. Susan Andreatta, co-chair of the UNCG Gardens committee.

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