The UGArden student farm began as an idea for a student garden by the Campus Community Gardening Initiative. Led by Craig Page, Morgan Fleming, Jenny Brickman, and Liberty Newberry, this student group proposed to construct a small community garden on campus to provide hands-on teaching opportunities for students and faculty to serve the Athens community. After over a year of searching for a suitable site, Doug Bailey, Horticulture Department Head, offered to host the UGArden on land adjacent to the South Milledge Greenhouse Complex. UGArden Club members, the UGA Grounds Department, and other volunteers worked tirelessly to prepare and plant the first garden plot in May of 2010.
The UGArden Club has grown in membership and currently supports the UGArden farm by hosting weekly work sessions and participating in numerous campus awareness events and activities. UGArden has grown beyond the original expectations of the founding members, and the UGArden Club has remained a steady source of support and volunteer labor to run the farm.
If you are interested in learning more about sustainable agriculture, enjoy being outdoors, want to meet some interesting people, and are passionate about good, local food we encourage you to join the club! The UGArden club has workdays in the garden every week, check their Facebook page for days/times.