The Campus Garden
Volunteer – Lead – Learn
Come enjoy a hands-on experience in the Campus Garden (1141 Polo Road). Practice the fundamentals of gardening, lead your peers in productive work that helps alleviate hunger, and learn about the connections between regenerative agriculture and climate change. There are opportunities for every experience level!
Connect & Cultivate
5 – 6 PM – Every weekday beginning Monday, September 19
Open to students. Led by our Connect & Cultivate Leaders.
Connect & Cultivate is a weekday volunteer opportunity designed specifically to help students connect with one another and the environment. You’ll help accomplish garden chores, learn a little about sustainable gardening and meet new friends in a relaxed, outdoor setting. C&C sessions are a time to put your hands in the earth and unwind.
Sunday Volunteer Hours
5 – 7 PM – Every Sunday beginning Sunday, August 28
Open to students, faculty and staff. Led by our Campus Garden interns.
Harvesting, pruning, mulching, weeding, composting and seeding are littering the to-do list. I’m excited to have helping hands in the garden again!
How to Prepare for Volunteer Hours
- Bring a reusable water bottle
- Bring sunscreen, bug spray, a hat and/or work gloves (clean gloves are available at the garden as well)
- Wear clothing you can get soiled and sweaty
- Wear season-appropriate clothing and dress in layers
- Closed toe shoes are highly recommended
- We have honey bees! A volunteer has never been stung, but please notify the CG Manager if you are allergic. Bring any medication you may require.
Common Volunteer Activities
- Build, shape and fertilize garden beds
- Spread compost and mulch
- Pull weeds
- Plant seeds and transplants
- Harvest produce
- Turn compost piles
- Water the crops
- Say hello to the chickens and feed them a treat
- Plant and water greenhouse seedlings
- Raise spring chicks
- Grow Oyster Mushrooms in March
- Braid garlic in the fall
- Peel luffa sponges in the fall
Crops in the Campus Garden
Annual Crops are generally sorted by Cool Season (spring and fall) and Warm Season (summer). The Campus Garden also grows a number of Perennial Crops and flowers. Most importantly we grow Cover Crops every season. These annual plants are grown densely and terminated before they set seed. Cover crops protect and improve our soil in many ways.
Cool Season Crops
- Lettuce and a variety of salad greens
- Specialty crops: cabbage, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, swiss chard, turnips
Warm Season Crops
- Heirloom and Research Tomatoes
- Sweet Potatoes
- Green Beans
- The Three Sisters: Sweet corn, acorn squash, pole beans
- Specialty crops: zucchini, eggplant, peppers, basil
- Crimson Clover
- Millet and Cow Pea
- Rye and Vetch
- Lemon balm
- Rain Garden grasses and flowers
Campus Kitchen Partnership
Garden volunteers are welcome to snack on organic veggies or take some home to cook. Most of the produce grown at the Campus Garden is delivered to The Campus Kitchen at WFU. In addition to garden vegetables, Campus Kitchen prepares meals and redistributes fresh produce rescued from local grocery stores. These items are distributed to local social service agencies to help alleviate hunger. Even more amazing, Campus Kitchen brings all of their food waste back to the Campus Garden to be composted!
Classes & Events at the Garden
The Campus Garden Manager schedules and coordinates class visits and projects every semester with faculty members. Refer your professor or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in planning an event at the garden, send an email to our Communication & Event Specialist, Cat Mizzi-Orrell.