Did you know we have a garden on campus? Christina Villar, a junior majoring in Biology, has been a part of the university’s garden, fondly revered to as CommUnity Garden, since her freshman year. As treasurer of the club, she was eager to share and answer questions about this organization!
Q: What is CommUnity Garden? What is the purpose of this club?
A: CommUnity garden is a student organization on campus which aims to engage students from all areas of “the U” to develop sustainable, educational, and visually impressive gardens. This year we are incorporating shifts during the week where people can come and garden in their free time since everyone has their differences in class schedules.
Q: What inspired you to join this organization?
A: I’m a part of this club because I enjoy gardening as a hobby. My dad has quite the green thumb so I have a plethora of food bearing plants in my backyard at home. My grandpa back in the Philippines was a rice farmer so that may have contributed. Other members have joined for a variety of reasons such as an opportunity to learn how to garden, meet new people, and destress!
Q: Who is involved?
A: On orgsync we have 157 members, but roughly around 16 members actively help upkeep the garden. It’s mostly undergraduate students involved, but other members of the UM community (graduate students and staff) can join in too! No gardening experience is needed, we will guide you through it.
Q: Where do you see this club going in five years?
A: We plan on expanding the club, in terms of active members and adding new locations. Other innovations include hosting an annual garden day, collaborating with meditation gardens in the Lennar Health Center, and starting a sustainable gardening class for credit!
Q: Where can I find the garden and what do you grow?
A: The garden has two locations. One is located outside of the Hecht residential college, and the other is outside Mahoney Pearson Dining Hall. We grow dil, peppers, tomatoes, pineapple plant, kale, lettuce, brussel sprouts, as well as herbs like basil, thyme, and rosemary. Since it’s not a large scale garden right now, the CommUnity Garden members can harvest what they want if it’s ripe. At the end of the semester we utilize what we can and cook it for our banquet!
Q: How can someone who is interested get involved?
A: They can join our club via Orgsync or contact our club email if they have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org!