Urban Gardens on Downtown Campus

Consisting of three distinct spaces, our urban gardens are ideal for attracting newcomers. Students without cars are able to easily participate in the hands-on activities required to produce fruits, vegetables, and herbs as well as attend workshops to broaden their agricultural knowledge. As their interest evolves, some students transition to joining our events at the Stono River Preserve.

Downtown Spaces:

View our campus map, or check out our Virtual Garden Tour!

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Warren Place Garden
Location: Warren Place Parking Lot (WP Lot)

WP is our largest garden on-campus. Home to vegetable production beds, banana trees, herbs, flowers, and our beloved compost worms! Our goal is to transform this space into an outdoor education center where students, staff and faculty can reap its harvest and enjoy its beauty. CofC community members are welcome to bring their home compost to the WP composting bin. 

 

 

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Pollinator Garden
Location: 7 College Way

This garden was given an overhaul as the Sustainable Ag Spring 2017 final project and is now a flourishing pollinator garden. Using skills developed throughout their internship, our interns planned and implemented a vibrant, lasting, interactive space on-campus. Several varieties of fruit as well as herbs and pollinator species can be found here.

 

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Kitchen Garden
Location: 114 Wentworth Street

This garden is devoted to herbs and spices. It can serve as students’ medicine cabinets or spice rack! With one bed full of herbs for healing, another with kitchen spices, and the last one for women’s empowerment, there is quite the variety! We hope this garden encourages people to use plants more and learn how they affect our bodies.

Meet Our Undergraduate Interns

Angus Mullis McCord

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Angus is a junior majoring in geology. He is passionate about farming and the role that harvesting food has had on cultures and the role that it plays in the future. He can often be found around Charleston collecting acorns and berries because he enjoys foraging and wants to encourage hyper-local food systems. He is currently working with the forest service to research how ecosystem restoration impacts climate. Other than gardening, he loves hiking, reading, and going on runs with his dog Juno.

 

Richella Acosta

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Richella is a junior majoring in International Studies and minoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She is interested in the environmental justice movement, history of gastronomy, and cooking with garden produce. She loves urban farming and gardening because it gives people in cities a chance to (re)connect to nature and build up communities. She hopes to work at the intersection of activism and gardening focused around education and sharing joy that can empower people! She has volunteered with activist groups around Charleston, such as Carolina Youth Action Project and Friends of Gadsden Creek. As a Filipino-American, she enjoys visiting her dad's garden and learning to cook traditional Filipino foods. She also enjoys baking for her friends, going on walks, and DJing under the name DJ Dijon

 


Past Garden Assistants

Sasha Pramesti

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Sasha majored in Biology and minored in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She is passionate about food justice, empowering communities, and combating climate change through growing your own food. Sasha first got involved in urban gardening through The Green Heart Project. She has also interned with CofC’s Office of Sustainability as the Urban Garden Apprenticeship Program Co-Lead. Sasha also loves volunteering at other community gardens and going to farmer’s markets around Charleston.