The Presidents Park Greenhouse (PPG) was formerly owned by the College of Science and was used to grow plants for Biology and Ecology classes. In 2013, the College of Science occupants moved to the top of Exploratory Hall, leaving the greenhouse vacant. The Office of Sustainability took ownership of the greenhouse in 2014 and created a plan for year-round food production. The plan involved the installation of a hydroponic food production system and was made possible through generous grants from both the Auxiliary Enterprise Management Council and Patriot Green Fund.
The staff at the PPG produce approximately 2,000 lbs. of fresh produce annually which raises $20,000 each year that is used to pay for supplies, staff and utilities. Harvests include fresh produce such as basil, cilantro, lettuce, and other greens. The new system recently added is producing tomatoes, fresh thyme and mint.
You can sign-up to volunteer with us through Knack, our latest online software management website. You will need to create an account on Knack with your GMU email (or personal email if you are not a student, faculty or staff). Click the link above to get started. Learn more about our Greenhouse and Gardens Academic Internship Program.