USM Community Garden
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, but please, no pets.
Current students get priority consideration for a plot each season; alumni, staff, faculty, and community members will be considered after, in that order.
All interested new gardeners must attend a Community Garden Info Session to be considered for a plot. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in growing with us.
Important Upcoming Dates for the 2017 season:
Week of April 24th - April 28th - Payment due
Payment should be made in person to Emily Eschner of the Office of Sustainability during open hours of the USM Surplus Store: Tuesday, April 25th, 3 - 6 pm or Friday, April 28th, 12 - 3 pm. If you cannot make it during 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 2nd - Garden must be at least partially planted
Stay tuned for garden potlucks, work parties, and more!
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- 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.
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. 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.
Season rental fee: $15-$30 depending on plot size. Students fees are slightly less than other USM community 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 email@example.com to join our mailing list.