Sustainability at USM

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 or taking food that is not in the designated community plots. The Office of Sustainability manages the community plots, please do not plant in or disturb them. 

2018 designated community plots are #26, 27, 21, and 31. Food grown in these plots may be harvested by anyone. Other plots are off limits as they are paid plots. 

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.
  • 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.

Fees:

Students- (small plot: $30/ large: $40)
Faculty, staff, alumn- (small plot: $50/ large plot: $70)

**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.

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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.