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!

Check out this blogpost about our Garden Manager, Michael Cranford, and his time spent this summer in the garden!

GIVE: you can now donate to help support the Student Gardens! Click here for a link to the donation page.

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

Meet our Graduate Garden Staff

Garden Manager: Michael Cranford


Michael is a concurrent EVSS/MPA degree student with an interest in municipal utilities, agriculture, and water quality. As the Garden Manager, he develops plans for planting, harvesting, and general maintenance, while coordinating with community partnerships to fulfill the mission of the Sustainable Agriculture Program. He is also working towards his beekeeper certification in order to help maintain the Charleston Area Beekeeping Association’s educational hives at Stono Preserve.

Michael graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Agricultural Mechanization & Business and a minor in Environmental Science and Policy. A former Boy Scout, Michael is passionate about protecting and conserving the environment for the enjoyment of future generations. When not in class or the garden, he enjoys spending time outside, fishing, playing basketball, and shooting sporting clays or archery.

Assistant Garden Manager: Meadow Noonan


Meadow is a first year graduate student in the EVSS program and the assistant garden manager out at Stono. She graduated from Lynn University with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sciences. Afterwards, she volunteered with the Peace Corps doing Agroforestry in Senegal with a focus on cashew propagation. After completing her two years in agroforestry, she stayed an additional year doing Gender and Development work just outside the capital. Meadow enjoys gardening and anything that involves the water, which is why she is focusing her studies on coastal and marine management at the College of Charleston. 


Garden Outreach Assistant: Sean Cannon












Sean is a first year graduate student in the EVSS program and started in the Spring of 2021. He is interested in sustainable food systems and how they can be utilized as a public health tool, environmental nonprofit management, sustainable urban planning, and community outreach. Sean received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Business Administration and minored in Environmental Studies. 

Before moving to Charleston, he worked as a Program Analyst for Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Washington D.C. and spent the past 7 years working in sales for Coca-Cola as an Account Developer in Richmond, Virginia.

Sean loves to spend his free time at the beach and exploring the Charleston area with his fiancé Maggie, and their two dogs, Ned and Arya. 

Garden Assistant: Jackson Heitmann


Jackson is a first year EVSS graduate student. He received his BA from Bard College in Global and International Studies in May 2018. He is interested in forest succession dynamics, especially as they relate to plant-bird interactions and overall biodiversity of human-altered landscapes. 

Before starting graduate school, Jackson did invasive plant management in Maine for 6 months, then taught the For the Birds! program with Audubon New York in NYC for 11 months, before working on a bird behavior research project. When he's not at Stono, Jackson enjoys birding, running, and making homemade naan. 
Our Past Garden Assistants

Garden Assistant and Beekeeper: Sara Brunner












Sara was an EVSS student and worked in the gardens from Summer 2020 - Spring 2021. She is interested in studying local indigenous knowledge to better understnad natural systems, bridging social-ecological systems. Sara is the College of Charleston's Apprentice Beekeeper, which serves as the liaison between the College and the Charleston Area Beekeeping Association. Her main duties are to help manage the educational hives at Stono and give assistance to the maintenance of the gardens. 

Sara graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Environmental Biology and a minor in Medical Humanities. When not in class or at Stono, Sara can be found at the beach or foraging in the forest.  


Mikayla Milford 



Mikayla is a first year graduate student in the EVSS program. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Conservation Biology and a minor in Italian studies. Following graduation, she moved to the Charleston area and works with Heron Farms as head of restoration and plant science. She is interested in phytoremediation specifically focused on remediation of dredge islands. Mikayla enjoys surfing, being out in the marsh, and hanging out with her bearded dragon Reptar whenever she has free time. 


Reeves Goettee


Reeves is a first 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.