The Garden concept was initiated in March 2012 and the first boxes were constructed in May 2012. We constructed 42 raised beds in its first year and the gardeners contributed $2400 to their construction. There were over 65 people affiliated with the Garden in 2012 (52% students, 35% staff%, 13% faculty). We held one gardening workshop in 2012 (20 attendees) and two social BBQ’s.

In 2013, we extended the garden to 102 plots. All plots were rented by a total of 84 gardeners.

In 2014, a watering system was plumbed in and we abandoned the water tanks in favor of faucets and hoses. We are still trying to find a better solution for the compost collection and processing.

Funding sources

  1. UAF People’s Endowment (2012)
  2. UAF Student Sustainability Fee (2012, 2013)
  3. Garden box fee (The plot fee is $20 for students and $40 otherwise for one box for the 2017 season. Additional plots are $20 each subject to availability. )

And for anybody interested in the process of getting this project to fruition, here is a presentation by Nicole Swenson (click on image to open in .pdf format):


Garden Committee Members 2017

  • Tracie Curry
  • Kelly Sivy
  • Hillary King
  • Daniel Blair-Madrid
  • Julie Riley
  • Nathan Belz