Welcome to the 2019 Gardening season!

The Auburn University Community Garden (AUCG) is maintained as an educational and community service to Auburn University. We are located on West Samford Avenue just past Wire Road and across from the Facilities complex, a short walk or bicycle ride from the center of campus. Individual plots of varying size are available to rent for a nominal fee each year. All Auburn/Opelika residents are eligible to rent a plot, including students, faculty, and community members. Our gardeners grow everything from herbs, fruits, and vegetables, to pollinator host plants, flowers, and other ornamental plants. School groups, university classes, and other groups also use the garden as an educational resource.

Community Garden

Resourcing

Plot Sizes

  • 1 raised garden bed (6 ft x 16 ft)
  • 2 raised garden beds (5 ft x 12 ft each)
  • 15 ft x 15 ft traditional plot
  • 30 ft x 30 ft traditional plot
  • 20 ft x 40 ft traditional plot

Garden History

  • Early 1970’s-2011 – The Alpha Zeta agricultural fraternity maintained the garden. Only AU faculty and staff were allowed to participate, though students and community members were welcomed as time went on.
  • 2011-2015 – An SGA group called the Auburn Real Food Challenge (ARFC) maintained the garden. This group was a chapter of the Real Food Challenge that functions on college campuses around the nation to raised awareness of sustainable agriculture and local food.
  • 2015-2016 – As the ARFC went inactive, the Academic Sustainability Program took over management of the garden.
  • 2016-present – The Campus Dining Office assumed responsibility for the AUCG in late 2016 and continues its administration today.

Service and Outreach

The AUCG is also a service and outreach organization. Our primary outreach effort is working in cooperation with Auburn University’s Hunger Solutions Institute to alleviate food insecurity on campus and in the surround community. As a garden, our role is to grow and donate produce that is prepared and distributed by our partner organizations. The AUCG donated over 400 pounds of produce in the 2018 season to the Campus Kitchens Project.

Advisory Committee

Policies for the AUCG are developed in consultation with a 7-member Advisory Committee composed of faculty, student, administrator and community representatives who are active at the garden. The committee has worked diligently this past year to improve the garden and to update policies to benefit the garden community. Current members of the advisory committee are:

  • William Walker – Chair, Administrative Representative
  • Marley Halter – Garden Manager
  • Jay Black – Community Representative
  • Gene Galloway – Community Representative
  • Doug Hankes – Faculty Representative
  • Elizabeth Wilhoit-Larson – Faculty Representative
  • Sarah Wilson – Student Representative

Contract and How to Get Involved

The contract will include information about the garden such as rental prices, gardener expectations, and event dates. Rental contracts from new members are accepted beginning in February and the 2019 garden season will begin March 2nd. If you have any questions or want more information about joining our community, please contact our Garden Manager Marley Halter at community.garden@auburn.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

2019 Community Garden Contract

Volunteer Opportunities

Fall 2019 Community Days

  • September 21, 8 am-12 pm
    • Join us for bagels and coffee at 8 am.
    • Volunteer project: Getting our fall garden beds planted.
    • Education talk: “Autumn in the Garden: Best Fall Crops for Your Garden Plot” with speaker tbd.
  • October 5, 8 am-12pm
    • Join us for bagels and coffee at 8 am.
    • Volunteer project: Planting cover crops and weeding.
    • Education talk: “Preparing for Next Season: Smart Seed Saving & Picking Healthy Transplants, Moving to the New Garden (start of talk)” with speaker tbd.
  • November 9, 8 am-12 pm
    • Join us for bagels and coffee at 8 am.
    • Volunteer project: Planting and mulching to prepare for winter.
    • Education talk: “Preparing for Next Season: (cont.) Moving to the New Garden: What can I Bring With Me? And How to Minimize Spread of Pests/Diseases” with speaker Dr. Joe Kemble, Extension Agent.

For all Community Day activities: Please wear clothes to work outside and bring a water bottle or cup, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a pair of gloves. Drinking water will be available for all attendees.