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Student Garden at Dixie Plantation

While the Student Garden has the potential to grow into its 17-acre allotment, we are currently working just over 3 acres of land. Using a style known as market gardening, all techniques used are both organic and conducted without the assistance of large-scale equipment. One of the most recent additions to the Student Garden is our beloved bees! Through our partnership with the Charleston Area Beekeepers Association (CABA) and a generous donation from Mick Wiser, the Sustainable Agriculture Program has seen the installation of five bee colonies since March 2017.

Meet our Graduate Garden Staff

Sean Dove

Sean's passion for sustainable agriculture, conservation education, and a hands-on learning approach guided him to this position at Dixie Plantation. At Dixie, Sean manages day-to-day maintenance, planting, harvesting, and scheduling workshops. He is also the liaison for the undergraduate Student Farm and Garden Club.

Sean graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Marine Science. He is a concurrent MES/MPA degree student. Sean is passionate about scuba diving, photography and using social media to educate the public about environmental concerns and how the public can get involved in conservation and sustainable movements. He previously studied in the Galapagos looking at international conservation issues.

Rebecca Fanning

Rebecca Fanning

Rebecca is enrolled in the concurrent degree program seeking master's degrees in both Environmental Studies and Public Administration.  As someone who has experience working with children and educating adults on environmental issues, she has been developing curriculum pertinent to the educational opportunities available at Dixie Plantation.

As the Garden Manager, Rebecca is laying the foundations for our Hidden Hands Garden, showcasing African plants and Native American agricultural traditions. She also manages the Charleston Area Beekeeping Association's (CABA) Educational Apiary located at Dixie and is beginning her internship with them to develop a training manual for beekeeping mentor/apprentice programs. 

Michael Cranford

Michael Cranford

Michael is a concurrent MES/MPA degree student with an interest in municipal utilities, agriculture, and water quality. At the Student Garden, Michael assists with planting, harvesting, maintenance, and fabrication, as well as planning workshops.

Michael graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Agricultural Mechanization & Business and a minor in Environmental Science and Policy. In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time outside, fishing, playing basketball, and shooting sporting clays.