UGArden is supported by a wonderful combination of student volunteers, UGArden Club members, interns, a farm manager, Americorps Volunteers, UGA faculty, Master Gardeners and community members. The continued success and growth of UGArden is the result of the dedication and hard work of these people. The people that make up the UGArden community give freely of their time and energy. Without them, UGArden is just a field.
UGArden Fall 2017 Interns
Annika Kohler is a 5th year undergraduate who is graduating this December with a B.S. in Horticulture – Sustainable Food System emphasis and an Integrated Pest Management Certificate. She has worked with UGArden in some capacity since Fall 2015 and looks forward to leaving an impact on the farm in her last semester. She hopes to pursue a Master’s in Horticulture and to continue learning about better practices for sustainable farming after graduation.
Caitlyn Mackenzie is a Public Relations major who is pursuing a certificate in Sustainability. She hopes are to take my degree and attend Scripps Institute of Oceanography for an MS in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. She plans to direct the knowledge I acquire towards a strong shark conservation effort.
Claudia Elkins is a new grad student pursuing an MS degree in Horticulture. In 1994 she began her career, as an Environmental Scientist, with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, working in various programs including Asbestos Abatement, Resource Conservation, and Recovery Program, and finally the Livestock Waste Management Program. She also proudly served 28 years in the US Navy Reserves, retiring in 2015 as a Yeoman Chief Petty Officer.
Zach Bennett is currently a plant biology major interested in landscape architecture and long-term sustainable farming. I am involved in the purchasing of produce from several local Athens area farms for the restaurant I currently manage. I would like to own a farm in the future.
Hannah Schrader is a 24-year- old undergraduate with a dual major in Plant Biology and Anthropology. Her goal is to become an Ethnobotanist working on recording the culture of Appalachian Medicine men and women before the culture dies out.
Camden Mitchell hails from Hamilton Mill in the middle of Suburbia, USA, and has never worked on a garden save for once in his life. He’s a history major at UGA and hoped to learn a few tricks on my way to sustainability with UGArden!
Dr. Peter Hartel (Mushroom Guru) is a retired UGA soil microbiology professor who has a passion for organics, and especially chickens and mushrooms. He has constructed a very efficient shitake mushroom growing area that includes a mist system, timer and wire support systems for the logs. Peter teaches classes in mushroom production (shitake and oyster mushrooms) to students and volunteers each winter. He continues to conduct informal research on growing practices to further the study of shitake mushrooms and has experimented with other mushroom species.
Bert Richards (Compost Manager) is a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer and helps at the UGA Trial Gardens, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and UGA Horticulture Farm. He recently completed the Master Composter course and currently oversees composting at UGArden. He retired from Georgia State University as Lecturer in Accounting in 2013.
Johannah Biang (Farm Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org JoHannah is from Pike County, Georgia and recently completed a Masters of Science in Horticulture. Her research focused on irrigation scheduling and green wall systems. While a graduate student, she was the acting Farm Manager at UGArden on a part-time basis. Since graduating, she has assumed the position full-time. Johannah plans and oversees the seasonal planting, teaches and supervises student interns, assists with class instruction, gives tours, conducts workshops in the Athens community, and too many other tasks to mention. Her positive outlook and energy keep UGArden growing.
Noelle Fuller (Herb Program Coordinator) email@example.com Noelle graduated from UGA in May 2015 with a B.S. in Nutrition Science and In May 2017 with an MS in Horticulture Science. She is interested in medicinal herbs, edible landscaping, and creating recipes in the kitchen. Her research involved the cultivation and analysis of the medicinal herb holy basil. She is working on a new Herb Certificate and marketing our unique line of organic herbal teas.
Philip “Wick” Prichard (Grow it, Know it Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org Wick coordinates the Grow it Know it Program. He graduated from UGA with a Masters of Environmental Planning and Design in December 2013. Wick enjoys teaching students to cook straight from the garden and now training teachers and UGA students to help students grow their own gardens. He is also unabashed to sing about worms and compost.
Teri Rakusin (Assistant Farm Manager) is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Horticulture. She has been involved in UGArden through the UGArden Club and as an intern. Teri is now serving as the Assistant Farm Manager…Go Teri!. Teri’s favorite vegetable is green beans and she has become increasingly interested in fungi, so ask her for some cool fungal facts if you see her around the farm!
David Berle, Associate Professor email@example.com Professor Berle has been interested in organic food production since his undergraduate years at NC State University in the late 70’s. He began his career as a county extension agent and along the way has co-owned a native tree nursery and operated two landscape businesses. He has worked for the past 24 years for the University of Georgia as the head horticulturist at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the UGA Grounds Department, and presently, as associate professor of horticulture. He has a passion for mentoring students and exposing them to real-world experiences. He teaches classes in horticulture science, organic gardening, landscape design, and sustainable food production.
Faculty Advisory Committee
Jenn Jo Thompson