Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.36
Liaison Marianella Franklin
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
IN-7: Community Garden

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Marianella Franklin
Director of Sustainability
The Office For Sustainability
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A brief description of the institution’s community garden:

The garden facility finished construction for its first phase early in 2014 and is located at the North East wing near the UTRGV Child Development Center. There has been 7,500 ft2 of land fully equipped with irrigation, access to the tool shed, and a shade-house dedicated for research under the Agroecology program. Adjacent to this is the UTRGV's state-of-the-art greenhouse equipped with a water wall, sprinklers, and fans ensuring optimum temperature

Research and teaching portions began with the Agroecology Lab and Dr. Racelis' Agroecology class, back in Fall '14. The garden was lush with okra, eggplant, peppers, basil, tomatoes, cucumber, beets, radishes, lettuce, kale, marigolds, zinnia, and cover crops growing.

There has been 2,500 ft2 set aside for a community garden, which is decorated with 15 raised beds. 9 student organizations including the Environmental Awareness Club, The Garden Club, SGA, and many more have signed up to grow, maintain, and harvest their yields.


UTRGV C.R.A.W.F.I.S.H Garden- The project for Climate Resilient Agroecological Watershed-Food Integration System for Husbandry (C.R.A.W.F.I.S.H) is an effort to help eliminate hunger across the entire Rio Grande Valley. Established by Dr. Christopher Gabler of the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences (SEEMS), the garden was created in the Brownsville campus and is made up of 12 garden plots, supported by PVC pipes and each contain an agricultural bed, containing fruits and vegetables, a suitable wetland, and a pond for aquaculture species, such as crawfish.


Hub of Prosperity/Farmer’s Market-The UTRGV agroecology program and Edinburg First United Methodist Church have made a collaborative effort to provide fresh product through farming efforts dubbed as the Hub of Prosperity. Through the Hub of Prosperity, student farmers are able to provide fresh produce through organic practices, meaning no chemicals are added to the vegetables they grow. This space also allows the student-led organization to have a weekly farmer’s market for the entire community, in which patrons can either go in-person to pick and choose their produce or purchase it online for pickup.


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