Senior Andrew Douglass harvests squash and cucumbers from the UGArden on South Milledge Ave.

Photo by: Emily Carlson

Within a year of its creation, UGArden, a student group focused on sustainable agriculture, already is providing organic produce from a community garden to the local food bank. Land for the project was donated by the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences. The UGA Bioconversion Center provided compost and the Physical Plant Grounds Department ran irrigation lines to the property. Georgia cooperative extension agents, UGA horticulture faculty and Athens Area Master Gardeners provided workshops to help the students expedite their project. Volunteers plant seeds, weed out invasive species, harvest the organic produce, and deliver the fresh vegetables and herbs to the food bank.