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Who We Are

UGArden is supported by a wonderful group 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 roadside field.

UGArden Fall ’21 Interns

Maya Alandete

Kate Brewer

Justin Cline

Zoe Douglas

Abby Lauterbach

Foreign Exchange Student Interns

Asier Gamallo grew up in Pamplona (Spain) where he studied his undergraduate studies in Agricultural and Rural Environment Engineering. Right now he is studying his masters studies in Agronomy Engineering. There he is focusing his research in the solar drying of wastewater sludge. As an intern he has come to UGArden to learn organic farming, sustainable food production and medicinal herbs. Photography and hiking are his hobbies.

Miriam Monreal is a second-year masters student of Agronomy Engineering from Bilbao (Spain). Her research thesis focuses on energy savings in the agricultural sector. She graduated in Pamplona in Agricultural and Rural Environment Engineering in 2020. She has come to UGArden to do an internship in order to learn how to manage sustainable food production systems and how to produce healthy food. In her free time, she likes to hike and cook.

UGArden Staff

JoHannah Biang (Farm Manager) has a MS in Horticulture. 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. Last fall, she began work on a PhD in Crop and Soil Sciences, researching the impact of UGArden on the hundreds of students who have passed through our gates.

Noelle Joy (Herb Program Coordinator) has a Certificate of Herbal Studies from the Botanologos School of Herbal Medicine and an M.S. in Horticulture from UGA. This summer she has started work on a PhD in Horticulture, focusing on extraction and measuring CBD and other essential oils derived from hemp. She enjoys experimenting with herbs in her kitchen, teaching, researching, foraging and posting on her instagram account @iamnoellejoy.

April McCoy (Assistant Farm Manager) recently graduated from UGA with a degree in ecology and a minor in studio art. She is interested in making sustainable agriculture accessible to more diverse communities.

Philip “Wick” Prichard (Grow it, Know it Coordinator) coordinates the Grow it Know it Program at the four middles schools in Clarke County. Wick enjoys teaching students to cook straight from the garden.

Erica Head (Herb Program Assistant Manager) is majoring in human development and family sciences with a minor in human services. She just completed her freshman year at UGA. She loves cats and coffee. She is on the UGA women’s club rugby team.

Rachel Dingley (AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator) graduated from Berry College in 2018 with a B.A in Religion and Philosophy and TEFL minor. Prior to her time at UGArden, she worked on an organic farm near Athens. She is interested in how farming connects a community and can bring growth and healing to individuals through working outdoors towards a greater purpose. In her free time, Rachel enjoys birding and hiking with her husband and pup. 

Johnathan Pulliam (Herb Program Student Worker) is an undergraduate student in Environmental Resource Science with a Horticulture Minor. He started as a longtime volunteer turned intern and now student worker. He is known to say that UGArden is his favorite place.

Colette Blackmon (Office of Sustainability UGArden Compost Intern) is majoring in International Affairs and Agricultural Economics with a Sustainability certificate. She is interested in global development and rural poverty alleviation. She would like to learn more about how food systems impact economies and societies, as well as how farmers can balance sustainability with productivity. She is also passionate about the environment and is looking forward to being part of an eco-friendly space on campus. She loves crafts, specifically embroidery and collage, and enjoys hiking, reading, and trying new recipes.

Master Volunteers

Donald Fowler (Resident Builder) is from Cordelle, GA. He is a retired contractor. Donald is our resident tiny house finisher, shelf builder and general handy-man.

Dr. Peter Hartel (Mushroom Guru) is a retired UGA soil microbiology professor who has a passion for organics, especially chickens and mushrooms. He has constructed a very efficient shiitake mushroom growing area at UGArden as a demonstration. Peter teaches classes in mushroom production (shiitake and oyster mushrooms) to students and volunteer.

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.

Faculty Advisory Committee

Tim Coolong
Brad Davis
Paul Guilebeau
Elizabeth Little
Jenn Jo Thompson
Shannon Wilder