The UTSA Campus Garden
Who We Are
Established in 2017, the UTSA Campus Garden is a place for students to grow fresh, local varieties of seasonal vegetables, herbs and fruits to share with the campus community. The garden is located on West Campus near the Child Development Center.
Brief History and Purpose
The UTSA Campus garden exists today thanks to the vision and hard work of students, faculty, and staff over a period of nearly four years. In 2013, two students, Christine DeMyers and Merced Carbajal, co-authored a Green Fund proposal to support a community garden. Over the next two years, their proposal was refined with input from UTSA staff.
Then, in 2015, the Green Society and the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition (DKHN) signed a joint commitment to the garden project. With an updated design, representatives from the Green Society and DKHN submitted a revised proposal to the Green Fund Committee in February 2016, and the proposal was approved. In Fall 2016, the garden project was championed by UTSA’s Director of Sustainability, Dr. Keith Muhlestein. The garden officially opened in February 2017.
In the year since the garden opened, we have planted and harvested herbs, fruits, and vegetables, learning a lot along the way. The garden provides a living laboratory where students can gain hands-on experience with environmentally sustainable food production. In the future, we hope it can serve as a nutritional resource for food-insecure students.
As the garden continues to expand for research, it will require additional supplies to manage, including pest management tools for plant protection and storage for materials. Will you support the Campus Garden with a gift today?