The Office of Sustainability has started and maintains three food production sites on campus. All three of these sites are available for volunteers, interns, visitors, group tours, and much more! They are your free resource to receive hands-on training for sustainable food production.
The Potomac Heights Organic Vegetable Garden (Managed by student led GOGA)
There are weekly walk-in schedules set for anyone to come volunteer and get involved. You can help out with harvests, seed sowing, transplanting, mulching, composting and more. You do not need any prior experience and you do not need to notify anyone that you’re coming to volunteer. You can just show up during these times and we will teach you everything you need to know.
The Weekly Walk-In Volunteer Schedule: Starting Jan. 22
Presidents Park Greenhouse: Mon/Wed/Fri 4-7 pm and Tue 11-2
Closed to volunteers for the winter: but will reopen on March 1st:
Innovation Food Forest: Wed/Fri 12:30-2:30 pm
Potomac Heights Organic Vegetable Garden: Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5 pm
GOGA (GMU Organic Garden Association) is hosting events in February:
Look on facebook.com/gmugarden for the grafting workshop and indoor seed sowing event!
These hours are for walk-in volunteering. There is no need to notify me, and you do not need any prior experience. We will provide gloves, training, etc. Please BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE, and wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty or wet.
You can watch our Volunteer Tutorial Videos to be prepared before you get started:
Introduction to the Innovation Food Forest https://youtu.be/V9qA8_fmeEs
Entering the Greenhouse https://youtu.be/3A7ByEbfGRk
Worm Bin Sorting How To https://youtu.be/-y4LdkaRM-s
More videos coming soon!
Gardening is a very simple yet powerful activity for those interested in living more sustainably. Starting your own garden is transformative on both a personal, a local and global scale. Each fruit and veggie grown on your plot lessens your need for purchasing fruits and vegetables grown several thousand miles away- lessening your carbon footprint. At-home gardeners are also less-likely to need chemical fertilizers and pesticides as smaller, diverse plots are healthier and less susceptible to pest invasion.
Growing fruits and vegetables at home will not only make mealtimes more enjoyable (tastier, more flavorful food), your wallet will be happier too! Homegrown vegetables require only a fraction of the cost of most conventional, store-bought produce. Lastly, (and our favorite) gardening builds community. Something special happens when people get outside, get their hands in the dirt, and grow together.
Check out these other gardens on campus too: