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South Campus Community Garden

South Garden Painted StonesThe South Campus Community Garden 'sprouted' from our Campus Enhancement Committee - here's more about the CEC:

The CEC began in February 2010. The committee includes students, staff, faculty and administrators. Our goal is to facilitate projects and create learning experiences that will enhance the aesthetic beauty and appearance of the campus and create community partnerships and growth opportunities while building a sense of pride around the college community. The committee's recommendations are taken to the Southeast Region Direct Report team for discussion with the Southeast Region President prior to implementation.

Community Garden Workers


Student and staff engagement, art student murals, community and herb garden, greenhouse reopening, memorial tree plantings, plant sales, volleyball net, "CCAC-Welcome to South Campus" sign, patio furniture, mobile device charging stations, B4 wall dividing screen project, student presentations to campus leadership, bulletin board improvements, cafeteria enhancements, gym lighting upgrade, directional arrow signage, furniture on mezzanine, partnership with Achieva, pianos in the Lair and caf , nature trail support, monarch butterfly waystation, truth initiative (smoke and tobacco free) support, water bottle refilling stations, mobile food truck

The Community Garden at South Campus was started in 2015 by the Campus Enhancement Committee. It is a wellness initiative offering a free source of fresh vegetables for consumption by students, faculty and staff. Additionally, it is an initiative designed to educate all who participate. The first year of the garden, fresh produce was picked and distributed about 15 times. In 2016 we expanded. More staff, students, campus neighbors, and partners like Achieva helped to maintain the garden. It produced bountiful and delicious herbs and vegetables that were shared around campus and donated to the South Campus Cupboard food pantry. Summer 2017 we again planted and harvested corn, eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini, bell and banana peppers, beans, cherry and grape tomatoes, swiss chard, and herbs for students, faculty, staff and the South Campus Cupboard food distributions and we've continued the momentum growing stronger every season! The garden has increased the sense of community, has fostered school spirit, and has supplied an abundance of fresh vegetables. We will continue to expand our focus and diverse involvement with fun and educational opportunities for all through the upcoming growing seasons.

Our community garden objectives are to:

  • Increase access to fresh food by cultivating garden plots.
  • Promote personal learning by sharing experience and knowledge.
  • Develop opportunities for volunteer activities.
  • Use sound ecological practices while gardening.
  • Establish a measurable and tangible impact on the community.

Contact the South Campus Business Office for more information ~ room A401 ~ 412.469.6252


Where is the garden located? Just behind D-building near the D-parking lot. Look for the chain link fence!

How to get involved? Anyone can join! The South Campus community garden is staffed by volunteers who prepare, plant, and care for the garden. Volunteers are not expected to arrive with garden expertise. The students, staff, faculty, and members of the community who already volunteer as well as our fearless and faithful expert groundskeeper/gardenmaster Dennis D'Amico, will be able to help you improve your gardening know-how.

What does "garden work" typically involve? Activities may include planting seedlings or seeds, weeding, watering, harvesting, turning compost, and additional garden design or structure projects.

What do you plant and when do you plant it? We plant both spring and summer crops. Typical spring crops include greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, etc.), broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, beets, peas and herbs. Typical summer crops include tomatoes, peppers, corn, beans, squash, cucumbers and eggplant.

What items do I need to participate as a volunteer in the garden? You should bring water to drink, a hat and sunscreen on sunny days, and gardening gloves if you have some. Additionally, be sure to wear clothes and shoes that can get a bit dirty.

What physical activities and/or physical fitness level is required? Gardening does require a moderate amount of physical activity but various tasks can be tailored to your personal fitness abilities. You should be able to comfortably work outdoors or in the greenhouse (which is wheelchair accessible).

How does the garden receive its water? South Campus provides water for our garden. All of the garden plots are currently hand-watered by volunteers. Frequency of watering depends on the weather, but during hot days the plots must be watered at least once per day.

How else can I support the garden if I'm unable to participate during volunteer times? If you are unable to attend scheduled garden work times, you can still contact the South Campus Business Office and ask to be put on the garden email list. That way, you can find out about special events that might be happening in the garden. There are lots of different ways to help!

How can I spread the word? You can spread the word about the community garden by inviting classmates, co-workers, friends and family to join you on a garden work day.

Garden Grows 2



Teachers and students planting crops at South Campus community garden



Success, Safety and Security in the Garden

  • If you are able, visit the garden at least two times a week during the growing season.
  • It's easy to forget the weeding, watering, staking and/or harvesting to be done.
  • Try to attend scheduled meetings and workdays.
  • Meet other gardeners and become part of our gardening community.
  • Make friends with other gardeners.
  • Experienced gardeners are an invaluable resource in our garden.
  • Pick their brains for gardening tips.
  • Volunteer and contribute to a specific garden job or project.
  • Support the garden and ensure the workload is spread evenly.
  • Educate yourself - check out books from the library or attend classes.
  • The more you learn, the more success you'll have.
  • Use common courtesy, be considerate, and enjoy the garden!
  • Please report theft, vandalism and unusual activities to security.

Faculty: Interested in having your class introduced to the garden?
It's a wonderful spot to inspire your students - a peaceful setting for creative writing or a lesson on environmental stewardship or even for discussing the disparities between people of differing socioeconomic levels. To utilize the garden space in your class or for educational material you can share with your students, please contact the South Campus Business Office.

Links to Gardening Resources:

An Educator's Guide to Vegetable Gardening - OSU ExtensionNewspaper Pots

Impact of a Community Gardening Project on Vegetable Intake, Food Security and Family Relationships: A Community-based Participatory Research Study

Herb gardening - list of common herbs and preserving techniques

Please click here to learn how to make - Newspaper Pots You'll need some good dirt, seeds, and a sunny spot!