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 Spring Interns
Reema Garabadu is a third year biology major and Spanish minor with a pre-dental intent. She recently started working on the Sustainability of Certificate so she finally has a reason to be at UGArden even more! She loves finding ways to lead a sustainable lifestyle, but in her spare time she also loves listening to podcasts (Strangers is her favorite!), visiting parks (local/state/national), and trying new food. Reema is also the current president of the UGArden Club.
Brooke Stanley is a senior in the plant biology department. She is interested in medicinal herbs and plant pathology as well as GIS, geographic information science. After she graduates, she plans to get a master’s in plant pathology and find a career in a plant disease clinic or in the private sector. At home, she hopes to have a small garden filled with fruits, vegetables, and herbs and be able to process these into products for her family.
Zoe Sabatini is interning in the medicinal herb garden this spring semester. She is a third year student at UGA, pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Science. She is not sure of her exact career goals, but she would love to work with children one day. She has volunteered at UGArden in previous semester and and she enjoys all things nature. She is excited for this opportunity to learn more about natural remedies and how to potentially start an herb garden of her own.
Alex Armstrong is a landscape architecture major with a horticulture minor. Organic gardening is a hobby of hers. She is from Saratoga Springs, New York where the growing season for most things is short, but she dislikes the cold. she is hoping this internship will provide a hands-on perspective to landscape architecture.
Harrison Franklin is a 3rd year Biological Sciences major, also minoring in Cognitive Science and Religion. He intend to go to medical school after graduation and become a surgeon. He is an avid diver, and he’s currently working on his Master Scuba Diver certification. He has worked as an Anesthesia Technician for 2 years at Northside hospital, and He can tell you the not so glamorous ins and outs of hospital life from the perspective of the bottom of the totem pole. He is also interested in pharmacology, the efficacy of medicinal herbs and their place in Western Medicine. He hopes to have an organic garden of my own one day and will implement the skills from this internship to achieve it.
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.
Lili Hill started volunteering at UGArden in 2014, but didn’t make it a regular weekly thing until the summer of 2015. She worked out in the vegetable plots, in all seasons, and now, most frequently works in the herbal/medicinal plots. She has two boys (4 & 8) who attend elementary school in Athens, and they spend their Wednesday mornings all summer volunteering at UGArden with her. She was attracted to volunteering at UGArden because of the dedication to providing fresh produce to Campus Kitchen, a program that prepares 300 meals weekly to supplement Meals on Wheels recipients and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren -Athens. Currently, she is in the process of getting her Master Gardener certificate, and is teaching a Junior Master Gardener class at Whit Davis Elementary.
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
Fuller has a Certificate of Herbal Studies from the Botanologos School of Herbal Medicine and an M.S. in Horticulture from UGA. Her research involved the cultivation and analysis of the medicinal herb, holy basil (tulsi). She now manages the herb program at UGArden, where over 50 herbs are grown to dry and blend into unique herbal tea blends that are sold in the community.
She enjoys experimenting with herbs in her kitchen, teaching, researching, foraging and posting on her instagram account @njoyfuller!
Jacob Kennedy (Volunteer Coordinator) Jacob Kennedy is a UGA alum who developed an interest in food accessibility while majoring in anthropology. Once an intern, he returns to UGArden through the AmeriCorps VISTA program as the farm’s Volunteer Coordinator. Following his year of service with the AmeriCorps, Jacob intends to continue fighting poverty in the non-profit sector.
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 fourth-year horticulture major with an emphasis in sustainable food production. She will be graduating in May, in search of a farm manager position. Her favorite vegetable is green beans and will be constructing a solar herb dryer this semester. She has also started a terrarium business in her free time.
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