The USM Community Garden consists of 28 raised beds located in the heart of the Portland Campus. All are welcome to visit the garden space in front of the Sullivan Gym!
Plots are available for the 2014 growing season! If you come to a March info session, regardless of your USM orientation, you will be given a prioity position on our waiting list for this coming season!!! Otherwise, current students get first prioity; alumni, staff and faculty will be considered given there is space.
******All USM community members who would like a plot will be given first priority for this season's open plots. We have scheduled 3, one-hour info sessions on the USM campus in March 2014:
Tuesday March 4th from 11AM - noon in room 319 - Glickman Library
Wednesday March 5th from 4PM - 5PM in room 520 - Glickman Library
Friday March 7th from noon - 1 PM in the Brooks Student Center: Husky Center (upstairs)
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in growing with us.
We will be completing the application process by May 15, 2014, so be in touch!
- 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!
Season rental fee: $20-$42 depending on plot size. Students fees are slightly less than other USM communtity members.
Refundable Security Deposit: $20
**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 email@example.com to join our mailing list.