About the Carolina Community Gardens
Outdoor Recreation is excited to offer students, faculty, and staff of USC the opportunity to maintain a garden plot as a part of our community garden initiative. Currently, there a two community garden locations available— the Preston Green and the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. We require that a minimum of 4 individuals work together to rent and maintain a plot. Plots will be available for rent during three planting seasons: Fall (September – December), Summer (May – August), and Spring (January – April).
Those who choose to participate will be able to manage and grow a variety of crops. Vegetables that can be grown include tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, and squash—just to name a few. Herbs for healthy cooking include parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, and sage. Water spigots and hoses will be located throughout the garden to help facilitate plant hydration.
The Carolina Community Garden on the Preston Green
The community garden at Preston consists of 20 raised beds that measure 8 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 16 inches tall. There are two water spigots available at this location. Renters will also have access to a storage shed that houses shovels, rakes, and other essential gardening tools. The garden also houses a 3-stage compost system for plant matter and —the final product is turned back into the soil.
The Carolina Community Garden at the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center
Gardening resources will be provided for gardeners through the Outdoor Recreation website: http://campusrec.sc.edu/orec/service/. At least one representative from each garden is required to attend at least one Gardening Clinic per season. Clinics dates and topics will consist of basic gardening, composting, soil, disease & pests, soil nutrients, trellising methods, etc and will be available the Outdoor Recreation website. An Outdoor Recreation staff member will be available on a weekly basis at the garden to answer any questions, help you plant and assist in applying fertilizer.
How to Get Involved
Plots are available on first come first serve basis. Those who are interested in this program will need to fill out this application. Applications must be submitted prior to the upcoming planting season.
If you are a member of the Carolina Community Garden, don’t forget to request to join the facebook group. This group will allow our community of gardeners to communicate with each other, ask information, know when the fertilizer days are scheduled, keep up with workshop dates and reminders, and provide a place for Outdoor Recreation to post educational information.
At least one representative from each garden is required to attend at least one Gardening Clinic per season. Clinics dates and topics will consist of basic gardening, composting, soil, disease & pests, soil nutrients, trellising methods, etc and will be available the Outdoor Recreation website. An Outdoor Recreation staff member will be available on a weekly basis at the garden to answer any questions, help you plant, and assist in applying fertilizer.
Click here to download our Carolina Community Garden Resource Guide. Read and learn about proper watering practices, composting tips, example plot designs and more.