Started by a student initiative, the University of Virginia Community Garden hopes to be a space for both Charlottesville and the University to learn more about organic gardening. Keeping with the agricultural traditions of the University’s founder, Thomas Jefferson, the garden is a place to foster the growth of community as well as food. The objectives of this garden are as follows:
- To provide a valuable educational resource to UVa students, faculty, and staff;
- To serve as a resource and link to the greater Charlottesville community;
- To model the most economically, socially, and ecologically sustainable farming practices available to us, while preserving an integral part of the landscape and the local economy;
- To provide UVa students, faculty, and staff with the opportunities to work on a farm and to learn the skills needed to produce food, experiencing its joys and challenges; and
- To make UVa a model of organic gardening and sustainability.
If you would like to join the UVa Community Garden volunteer email list for regular updates and volunteer opportunities, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to provide a sense of longevity and educational support as well as institutional memory, the UVa Community Garden is “housed” within the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning within the School of Architecture. The faculty advisor for the garden is Timothy Beatley, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities and the author of several books about sustainability.
The garden is also recognized as a special project of the Student Council’s Sustainability Committee. As a part of a student organization, the garden can receiving funding and university support. Because of our relationship with Student Council, the garden is able to function as a student-led initiative.
Videos about the UVa Community Garden
Fall 2009 Meet the Farmer TV episode
2009 Garden Groundbreaking, created by Michelle Rehme