Legacy Garden

The Legacy Garden is a half-acre garden on campus that grows a diverse range of organic food, flowers and herbs.  The site, which the Class of 2012 has named The Legacy Garden, is managed by a master gardener and horticulturalist, Kelli Barram, who is a wealth of knowledge in everything from soil health to stress reduction techniques. 

The motto of the garden is "By the students, for the students, and, ultimately, in the students."

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff have contributed hundreds of hours in the garden--planting, cultivating, and mulching the beds and putting ground cover around the perimeter.  The educational benefits include increased understanding of the food production process and greater awareness of the nutritional and environmental benefits of local, pesticide-free food.

Everyone is welcome to work in the garden. 

Want to get involved? Email smcsustainability@stmarys-ca.edu for more info and upcoming volunteer hours.

Funded by generous contributions from supporters of the college and members of the college community, the garden will reduce the college's environmental footprint by growing a portion of our own food supply.

Special thanks to Cheryl Jones and Earthbound Farm for their generous support of this project, and to The Foundation for Sustainability & Innovation for funding the purchase of a greenhouse.