The USM Community Garden consists of 27 raised beds located on the Portland Campus and sits directly in front of Sullivan Gym.
- The garden program seeks to shift the paradigm that persists in our modern age - that many of us find ourselves too busy to plan meals, eat healthfully and/or grow our own food.
- The garden aims to provide a supportive educational platform which reveals that as we nourish our bodies, we are also feeding our minds.
- The objective of the USM Community Garden is to promote and educate the USM community in the methods of sustainable living and agriculture and to provide a space for the USM community to grow their own produce.
- We are working to alleviate hunger in Cumberland county. We utilize four "community beds" for demonstrations & workshops then donate produce to the Wayside Food Program.
- Over the course of the growing season, we hold sustainable gardening workshops and vegetable preparation classes.
History of the USM Community Garden: The garden started as a club in 2009 and a motivated group of students collaborated in obtaining the space and raised funds to construct the raised beds. Over the years the growing space continues to climb. This year all community members voted to shift the garden away from student club status and it is now advised by The Office of Sustainability in Facilities Management (though the garden is still run by and mainly for students).Through this transition, we are working on improved year-to-year consistency and a cohesive relationship with USM such that larger goals and garden projects can be achieved. We are also planning events to be held throughout the summer and fall in the garden space - all are welcome!
Plots are all reserved for this growing season, 2013! Eligible students get priority but staff and faculty will also be considered. Garden bed rental is $30 for the season (or less depending on bed size) with a $20 security deposit. All students, staffers and faculty are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in growing with us. We will be looking to fill plots again in the early spring.
Interested in getting involved? Even if you are not a current gardener, we welcome you to take part in garden events and workshops! Please email email@example.com to join our mailing list.