CofC Sustainable Agriculture - Administered by MS Environmental Studies

Fall 2017 Work Days Thursdays 9:00 am - 11:00 am Fridays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Warren Place Parking Lot Garden (20 Warren) Abbie Cain Director, Sustainable Agriculture Program [email protected]

The College of Charleston Sustainable Agriculture Program (administered by the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies) focuses on creating regenerative and restorative ecological and social communities on campus through positive space making, education, events, internships, and more. We offer student internships and paid positions, to help cultivate food and restorative agricultural practices at our campus gardens. For more information on our programs, see the notes section for details on our internship programs, compost programs, agricultural programs and our event page for workshops and more! Follow us on Instagram @cofcsustainable_ag For more information, visit

Mission: The mission of the Sustainable Agriculture Program is to provide and support experiential education, research, and food production for the College of Charleston, local schools, and Charleston regional community members using sustainable lowcountry gardening practices.

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Out near the Stono River, College of Charleston students give their time and energy to growing fresh lettuce for sea turtles at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital.

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Vermicomposting! Wondering how to start, how it works, or how to keep your in healthy?

Applications here: for an opportunity to join a group of likeminded students each week for learning about sustainable agriculture! @sustaincofc How does it relate to social justice and ecology in an urban environment? We’ll be finding out through small group discussion + getting our hands dirty in 5+ urban garden spaces! @cofc_studentgarden

Due to all the rain we will no longer be having our workday tomorrow at noon! But on Tuesday we will be out in Warren Place from 1:00-3:00pm Dec 4th! 🌱🌻🦋 along with that gorgeous marigold (above) we’ve got kale, collards, and more! @cofc_studentgarden

Interested in getting involved with our gardens on a regular basis? Want to grow your own food but need some soil, seeds, and a bit of knowledge? Interested in the connection between social sustainability and sustainable ag in our urban environment? Consider applying for the Garden Apprenticeship! CofC Office of Sustainability

If you haven’t seen our post through @cofc_studentgarden go follow that primary account and come tour our downtown garden on Warren St Nov 10th. On Sat from 10am-12pm our team will be planting collard seedlings and harvesting some other greens! We’ll also give you the details on composting (turn bin and vermibin) and our natural pest control! Thanks to awesome intern Cor for making some beautiful signage. These are gardens for students by students! #sustainableageiculture #gogreenmeansgrowing

@cofc_studentgarden is our other account that we are combining forces with! Make sure you’re following there to get updates and keep seeing our urban gardens:) 🌱🌞🍂

Using saved egg shells to support calcium content in soil! Don’t eat eggs? Ask a local bakery! The degradation of egg shells happen at an ideal rate for roots to burst through! @cofc_studentgarden @sustaincofc @wolfgangsgardenest2015 thanks to The Office of Sustainabilitys awesome Garden Apprentices for “egging” on this project ;) #nutrientdense #soilhealth

We’re carpooling out around 9:15 tomorrow morning. Mindfulness through meditation and being in nature! BYOYM (bring your own yoga mat). @cofcmeditationclub @allianceforplanetearth updated flyer includes correct date: Oct 6th this Saturday! #lettucegardentogether

Let us know if you’re interested and want a ride! @cofcsli @cofcveganclub

Seed saving? It’s time! Once they turn brown and dry out 🍂 you could be saving a well adapted plant for next season! #heattolerantcrops Pictured above: 1) echinacea flowers 2) lemon basil WORK DAY 4:30-5:30pm today in Warren Place 🌱🍃🌾🌻

Thanks to everyone who joined our kombucha making workshop earlier this month! Hope your SCOBY is thriving. Reminder that our next workshop for DIY soap and deodorant is THIS Wednesday 4-5:15pm. Hope to see you there! #urbansustainability #DIY @allianceforplanetearth

Next Wednesday, Sep 26th, Cor and Nia are showing you how to create your own soap and deodorant. Less waste, better scents, and have a product to take home with you in an hour! From 4-5:15pm in SSMB Room 200! #DIY

THIS FALL: on campus garden work days with Suzanna, Cor, and Nia at 20 Warren St. on Thursday & Fridays 3-4:30pm. Message us to let us know to be looking for you! We plant, weed, and learn how use natural pest control to have successful food production.

Off campus workday every Saturday from 10-12pm The Student Garden at Dixie Plantation - Admin by MS Environmental Studies

Pictured above are our beds at our off campus student gardens before Florence... We have workdays Sat morning and can gives rides as needed. Right now we’ve got some growing beans, tiny tomatoes, egg plants, and more... we’re about to plant lettuce for South Carolina Aquarium sea turtles! Hope everyone is safe and having a calm start back to our school week! #hurricaneseason #fallplanting #volunteerinagarden

Off campus gardens! Join us on Saturday mornings for some time working in these beautiful beds. Just let us know, we carpool to get everyone there!

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Learn how we use our herbs to flavor some homemade 'booch!

Looking forward to having some Alliance for Planet Earth members in our gardens this semester!

At our first meeting for this fall we’ll discuss some upcoming events and figure out what meeting time would work best for the rest of the semester! See you there! 🌏🌍🌎 UPDATE: new meeting time 7:00pm SSMB room 100 !

Workday this weekend!

Our basil is loving life in the Poli Sci courtyard... come by to snag some oregano, mint, lavender, scallion and lemon balm!

The garden is loving the rain! Stay safe everyone...🌧🍃

Hey folks! Garden workday from 10-12pm this Saturday at Dixie; let us know if you want a ride. We’ll be working with native plants that attract our beautiful pollinators! 🌱🌼🦋🐝There may be some veg to harvest! Pictured above: more sunflowers are popping up from last year’s seed in Warren Place downtown!

Reminder to RSVP for our Dixie workday on Sat from 10-12pm! We carpool as needed! :) pictured above: flowering eggplant in Warren Place Garden. Thanks to @muscurbanfarm for sharing these babies with us last month!

South Carolina Interactive USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

I'm sure you've heard of worm tea and fish emulsion, but what if all you have to work with is plants?! Fertilizers for your garden can come from weeds (see garden blog below):

PS-- Find your planting zone no mater where you are in SC this summer! 1990 USDA Hardiness Zones for South Carolina Cities and Towns Mapped

Finally pulled the last of our sweet onions and beets! Time to replenish the soil with some fresh compost and mulch to protect our budding sea island red peas, edamame, and lima beans from this heat!!! #junegardening

Garden workday at 7:30 tomorrow night in Warren Place garden! Come see how our tomatoes can be clipped for better growth... and if you want to take home your own baby tomato plant just bring a jar or something to hold a clipping! 🌱🍅🌱🍅🌱

Exciting news for all Sustainable-minded folks: Tri-County Food Alliance announced the Food Rescue US app is ready for use in our area! Whether you’re an org who needs food donations, you just want to help in the transport process, or if you’re a good producer who can donate leftovers: Join the app to help fight local food insecurity! #supportlocalPEOPLE #nowaste pictured above: the literature and #sunflowerpower🌻

CofC Office of Sustainability

The TerraCycle Bins are in!

Now you can recycle those empty pens and dried out markers, shampoo bottles and toothpaste tubes. Clean them out and drop them in the bins located by the back stairwell of our office!

If you have any questions step inside and one of us will gladly show you the ropes.

#knowwhatyouthrow #specialtyrecycling #terracycle #cutdownwaste #sustaincofc

Reminder!! Our garden work and harvest day in Warren’s parking lot is tonight at 6:30! See you there... your backpack can be overflowing with veg! #juneharvest #bringbugspray

Harvest and planting at Warren Place Garden this Tuesday 6:30pm! We have lettuce, kale, beets and radishes to harvest. Okra, carrots, and peppers to tend to! Student garden here for you! #growyourgreens

Do you compost?Friendly reminder that we no longer use an open system (first picture) to compost food waste! In regards to our turn-bin (second picture) We like to have more carbon (most brown material like paper/cardboard/straw 🍂) than nitrogen (most green/rotting material 🍃) so you can add carbon too! Also know that if we’ve reached capacity downtown, you can compost at Dixie! Saturday harvest days going strong; let us know if you need a ride :) #compost #urbansustainabilty 🌚

Hey guys! We have some veggies that need to be eaten! Let me know if you want some and I'll bring them by campus or you can come out to Dixie and snag them from the ground yourself! Radishes, beets, baby onions, collards, and Arugula. Email Sean Dove at [email protected] if you want some fresh veggies!! We have plenty!!

Has anyone else filtered their infused oil from our herbalism work shop in April?! It only takes a minute and now it’s ready for use! Let us know what you find if you continue to experiment with with DIY infused oils. #herbalism

Want to harvest some collards, scallions, lavender, and MORE? Garden with us on Tuesday at 6pm in the Political Science courtyard on Wenthworth and Coming! We’ll be thinning some plants, weeding, and adding mushroom compost to the three raised beds. Pictured above is our flowering dill (perfect for potato salad and pickling) and motherwort (calming tea)! Message us so we know to look for you! Suzanna Ellison Abby Warman

As members of our Sustainable Ag team graduate, we remember that these awesome people poured knowledge, sweat, and joy into our projects on and off campus! So proud of what they’ve done and where they going. #classof2018 #theyjustkeepgrowing🌱

Hello friends still in Charleston! Here are some pictures of twisty carrots, lady beetles that are our natural pest control, and mustard greens that just keep flowering. Come to WP Garden at 7pm tonight if you like to harvest some greens with me are see what else is happening in our veggie garden... just let me know to look out for you! - Suzanna Ellison

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and ...

As finals prep begins, consider joining us for a relaxing kombucha making workshop Wednesday April 18th at 7pm! Bring your own jar if you want to take home a SCOBY! Herbs from the garden will be provided for flavor inspiration! Samples of our batches will be provided. See you in SSMB, location TBD.... Message us to RSVP. Suzanna Ellison Bri Heupel Abby Warman

Waste Audit

Along with our upcoming Herbal workshop (April 3rd, 4:30 in SSMB 200), there is a great sustainability event for the whole campus community: CofC Alliance for Planet Earth - APE's Annual Waste Audit! Have you ever wanted to make a statement for the environment? Sorting through smelly trash in Cougar Mall is a great way to raise awareness for reducing our waste production as a campus community! Sign up for a shift or two below and reach out to APE or comment below if you have questions! Sheet1 WASTE AUDIT 2018 April 12, 2018 6: 00AM- 6: 00PM Volunteers must attend one of the training sessions on 04/ 09 at 5: 00pm or 04/ 10 at 4: 00pm. The location is 14 Green Way. If you are unable to attend, please contact us to arrange an alternative training time. For the day of the Waste...

Message us if interested in coming out to the garden for a few hours! We provide transportation to our off-campus garden at Dixie Plantation and our urban gardens are right on campus. Garden goodies will be provided as compensation 🌱

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