Gardening

VCU Sustainability's gardening program supports access to learning about gardening, growing fresh produce and furthering food education. Much of the gardening program revolves around community gardening, consisting of a piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people utilizing either individual or shared plots. VCU's community gardening is publicly functioning in terms of ownership, access and organization and provides the following benefits:

  • Helps alleviate food insecurity at VCU and in Richmond via regular produce donations to our community partners;
  • Provides hands-on, educational opportunities related to gardening, food access and food systems; and
  • Offers and cares for growing spaces for students, staff and faculty on campus, and creates universally-accessible spaces that enrich the lives of those in our community.

The VCU gardening program consists of:

  • The MCV Community Garden that strives to provide faculty, staff and students with space to grow their own food and flowers. 
  • The Monroe Park Campus Learning Garden works with the VCU and Richmond communities to increase access to healthy food as well as provide education around how healthy food can be grown and prepared.
  • Integrated sustainable urban design throughout the VCU campuses and consist of:
    • Landscaping that manages stormwater runoff;
    • Establishing green roofs and pollinator gardens;
    • Planting native plants;
    • Educating faculty, staff, students and community members about the benefits of gardening; and
    • Establishing a microgreens lab in coordination with faculty from the Environmental Sciences department. The lab, focused on sustainable indoor food production, is available to all students (no prerequisites) as a one-credit course and is entirely student-run, with oversight from the LGC and faculty lead.
  • Partnerships with community groups.

Get involved

Check out our volunteer opportunities here

Contact us

For other questions, accommodations or concerns, email learningarden@vcu.edu. 

More information

Updates and information about our gardens and other projects are frequently posted on the VCU Sustainability's Facebook page. Check it out!

Use the accordions below to learn more about how the gardening program is engaging with a variety of topics related to gardening and food access.