Sustainability at USM

USM Community Garden

USM Community

The USM Community Garden consists of 36 raised beds located in the heart of the Portland Campus.  All are welcome to visit the garden space in front of the Sullivan Gym!

Current students get first prioity consideration for a plot each season; alumni, staff and faculty will be considered given there is space. 

All interested, new gardeners must attend a Community Garden Info Session to be considered for a plot.

Please contact: usmcommunitygarden@gmail.com if you are interested in growing with us. 

Important Upcoming Dates for the 2016 season:

April 8th - Application due 

Week of April 25th - Payment due. 

Payment should be made in person to Emily Eschner of the Office of Sustainability during open hours of the USM Surplus Store: Monday, April 25th 9 am - 12 pm; Wednesday April 27th 3 - 6 pm; Friday April 29th 12 - 3 pm. If you cannot make it during any of these times, please contact Emily directly to schedule an alternate time. Checks should be made out to the University of Southern Maine. Your individual fee will be calculated based on the size of your plot and whether you are a student, staff, or faculty. 

June 1st - Garden must be planted 

Stay tuned for work parties and more! 

 

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Our objectives: 

  • To promote sustainable gardening practices through hands-on workshops. All community garden members pledge to use all organic fertilizers and are encouraged to engage in low-impact methods.
  • We aim to provide an educationally inspiring and accessible agricultural space which is safe and welcoming to all those interested and who show commitment to a communal growing space.  All members and non-members are welcome at our workshops!
  • We are working to alleviate hunger in Cumberland county.  Three "community beds" are utilized for demonstrations & workshops.  The food grown in these plots is donated to the Wayside Food Program and then distributed to food pantries in southern Maine. Visit: http://www.waysidemaine.org/

History of the USM Community Garden: The garden started as a club in 2008; a motivated group of students collaborated in obtaining the space and raised funds to construct the raised beds.  Over the years the growing space has doubled.  In the spring of 2013 all garden community members voted in support of a transition from student club status to advisement under the Office of Sustainability.  Today the garden is coordinated by a hired work study student, the goal is that the paid position will provide year-to-year consistency.  As we are now overseen by a facet of the University of Maine system a cohesive and active relationship exists between the garden and USM.  Now larger goals and garden projects will be envisioned and achieved.  We are planning events to be held throughout the spring, summer and fall in the garden space - all are welcome!

Fees:

Season rental fee: $15-$30 depending on plot size.  Students fees are slightly less than other USM communtity members.

**We believe in food accessibility for all! If you need financial assistance with fees, please let us know.

Interested in getting involved? Even if you are not a current gardener all are welcome to take part in the garden events and workshops! Please email usmcommunitygarden@gmail.com to join our mailing list.