Campus Garden and Composting
Georgia Southern’s New Campus Garden
Starting in Summer 2015, the Center for Sustainability, in partnership with Facilities Services and Dining Services, hosts a fruit and vegetable garden on campus. The construction and maintenance of the Garden is is supervised by the Center for Sustainability on space provided by facilities services. Fresh herbs and vegetables are provided to catering (Eagle Dining Services) on an as needed basis. Students can team up to reserve a garden bed for a semester to grow their own fresh produce. CfS provides tools, biweekly workshops, and regular assistance to the student teams involved with the program.
The Campus Community Garden provides a great opportunity for students to learn about and engage in sustainable practices in a central location on campus. We all have to eat, and how we consume food directly impacts our environment. We often hear about the benefits of local food: low transportation cost and consequently reduced fuel use and emissions and knowing how the food is grown. We can’t get more local than growing food on our campus. The Campus Garden is an interactive classroom where students can grow healthy food, eat healthy food, and learn about the importance of sustainable agriculture. The Garden is located between the Herty building and the Williams Center. Stop by to see what fresh and delicious produce we are growing!
Contact CfS if you have a team of 4 students that would like to have their own garden plot for next semester!
Not only are we growing food we are also growing soil, piloting a campus composting program in conjunction with Dining Services and Facilities Services. Compost is organic matter such as grass clippings, food scraps, and wood chips that breaks down to a material that is beneficial for plants. Compost provides nutrients to plants and helps control erosion and disease. Food waste from Dining Commons is being collected and put through a composting process. The compost will then be used to grow plants in the Campus Garden. This program allows Georgia Southern to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfills while also producing a valuable product.
How can you get involved?
There will be several opportunities to get involved with these exciting new programs. If you would like to help make compost, create the Campus Garden, plant fruits and vegetables, and participate in other fun gardening activities then please do not hesitate to contact the Center for Sustainability about future events (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Last updated: 3/2/2017