Friday, January 4, 2013

Have you heard about UNF's organic garden recently?

Established in 2009, the UNF Organic Garden began as a student initiative and was made possible by a generous donation from Bruce Ogier. What began with six raised beds next to the Wildlife Sanctuary grew into fifteen over the spring of 2012. This fall, thanks to another generous donation from Bruce Ogier, we expanded our current garden into a diverse, one-acre production on the north side of campus. The garden was renamed the Frederick and Ophelia Tate Ogier Gardens, or Ogier Gardens for short.

As a new component of the Department of Health Promotion, our goals are to encourage healthy, active lifestyles and stewardship of the environment. The new location includes a vineyard, fruit trees & shrubs, row crops and container gardens. The space will demonstrate Florida-friendly, water efficient landscaping and ways for people to easily and inexpensively grow their own food. Organic produce cultivated by the student staff will be featured at the Osprey Café and sold at UNF Market Days.


There are lots of places to find out more about the garden. You can check out the UNF websiteFacebook (where you will find more great pictures of the garden!), or the garden's blog. You can also email Carmen Franz, the garden's director at