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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 Summer ’21 Interns

Nora is a third-year Landscape Architecture student with a minor in Horticulture. She loves to garden and when she’s not interning at the UGarden will spend most of her days gardening at the State Botanical Garden and a local vineyard/farm. In her free time, you can catch her cooking delicious meals.

Marie Perivier is a fourth-year majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She’s from Atlanta, Georgia and has no prior experience in gardening/farming. She super excited to get my hands dirty and learn a lot!

Jade is a state-hopping fiend: she grew up in Minnesota, completed her undergraduate education in nutrition in Texas, worked on a farm for a year in Alabama, and is now studying agricultural education at UGA. She loves meeting new people – you’ll most likely hear about her love for and experiences in Alabama, or what kind of vegetables she made for dinner last night. In her free time, you can find her listening to music, talking on the phone, hiking, or thinking about the concepts of happiness and creativity.

Wyatt Bridge wants to work at UGArden to learn how to harvest certain plants and what the different types of plant names that are out there. He is happy to join the UGArden crew for this summer internship, and meet the new interns this year! He is ready to work at UGArden and enjoy the nature and garden. 

Micah Jones is a third-year majoring in horticulture with a minor in agribusiness, and she is a strong believer in the power of gardens to bring communities together as well as nourish them. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, cooking, plant propagation, and making tea for friends or family. She’s excited to get to know the staff and other interns while helping the local community in Athens through UGArden.

Leandria Garrett started at UGA as an English major, but never felt completely fulfilled in what she was doing. She has always enjoyed taking care of houseplants and small gardening projects, but never thought about making a career out of it until the beginning of this year. She made the decision to change my major to Horticulture and intern at UGArden. She is excited to work alongside other people that share the same passion as herself and can’t wait to learn about what goes into creating healthy, sustainable food.

Amaja Andrews is a 5th year Anthropology and Applied Biotechnology major with an emphasis in plant sciences, a minor in Horticulture, and pursuing a certificate in International Agriculture. She is interested in ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, and food security as it integrates with her passion for global development. She is excited to work at UGArden this summer, gaining hands-on experience with planting, harvesting, and herbal processing that she wants to apply in her future work.

Alyssa Powell is a second-year graduate student in the Masters of Agricultural and Environmental Education. She is passionate about sustainability and is excited to learn about small-scale, organic farming practices.

Charlena Gu an undergraduate majoring in Horticulture and minoring in Ecology. She’s been meaning to get involved at UGArden for a while but hasn’t had the chance to until now. She’s excited to spend some more time outdoors and learn about growing some plants.

Angela Hirst is a junior and this is her second year at UGA. She’s majoring in Horticulture with an area of emphasis in sustainable food production and is interested in controlled climate and vertical agriculture, as well as composting systems and regenerative agriculture.

Rebecca Emerson but goes by Becca! She is an entertainment and media studies major going into her last year. She wants to work in the garden to gain some hands on experience with food. She has been a vegetarian for about 9 years but hasn’t ever been able to get up close and personal with produce production. She is really excited to learn all about UGArden!

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) jb1410@uga.edu 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) noellejoy@uga.edu 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) warwickp@uga.edu 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.

Sandy Begani is a graduate student in the Horticulture Department. Her research at UGArden centers on evaluating various methods of drying holy basil and post harvest handling of holy basil in general. She also works full time as a greenhouse assistant manager for the Horticulture Department.

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