Student Garden at Stono Preserve


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. 

Recent Updates and Announcements

Check out this article about our Stono Preserve Academic Director, Matt Rutter, who took this role in November 2019!


Our Fall 2022 Updates and Student Garden Work Days!

student garden updates

For more information about the Student Garden, visit the  Stono Preserve website.

Meet our Graduate Garden Staff

Garden Manager: Julia Chrisco
Julia is a second year graduate student in the EVSS program. She graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Viticulture and Enology. Before moving to Charleston, she spent 5 years working in wine production, with her final year focusing on organic, sustainable farming and minimal intervention wines. Julia is interested in natural resources conservation and keeping parks and trails clean and accessible. In her spare time, you can find Julia canning homemade jam, tinkering around in her home garden, or escaping to the mountains to hike with her pup Fig. Otherwise she's probably studying with Olive the cat by her side.

Garden Educator: Reeves Goettee


Reeves is a second year graduate student in the EVSS program. She received her BA in Environmental Studies and her BS in Biology from Wofford College in May 2020. She is interested in environmental education, science communication and working with students to help create future stewards of the environment. Before starting graduate school, Reeves worked as a naturalist for the Barrier Island Environmental Education Center at Camp Saint Christopher on Seabrook Island, SC. She also got to complete an internship in Yosemite National Park with NatureBridge, an environmental education company partnered with the National Park Service. Reeves loves to spend her free time kayaking, caring for her numerous houseplants and taking photos.

Garden Worker: Aly Petruch
Aly Petruch is a third semester EVSS and MPA graduate student. She graduated Ramapo college with a BS in Environmental Science. She spent the last year here in South Carolina doing environmental education and sea turtle conservation. Aly loves being active, traveling, and anything outdoors.

Garden Worker: Nate Elston
Nate Elston is a third semester EVSS graduate student. He graduated from College of Charleston with
a BA in biology. He is interested in botany, horticulture, and sustainable communities. Nate enjoys
exploring the great outdoors, baking, cooking, and caring for his plants.