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The Community Garden at Auburn University (CGAU) is maintained as an educational and community service to Auburn University.

We are located on West Samford Avenue just west of Wire Road and across from the Facilities Management complex (1161 W. Samford Ave, Auburn, AL 36849). We are a short walk or bicycle ride from the center of campus.

Individual plots of varying size are available to rent for a nominal fee each year. All Auburn/Opelika residents are eligible to rent a plot, including students, faculty, and community members. Our gardeners grow everything from herbs, fruits, and vegetables, to pollinator host plants, flowers, and other ornamentals. School groups, university classes, and other groups also use the garden as an educational resource.

History of the Community Garden

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Vision & Mission

The vision of the Community Garden at Auburn University is to strengthen the relationship between the university and the local community.

The mission of the Community Garden at Auburn University is to provide access to local produce through community partnerships and creative hunger solutions, and to promote sustainable agriculture through education. 

Our Priorities

Access to Fresh, Healthy Produce

We strive to meet this goal through:

  • Providing access to garden plots to Auburn/Opelika residents and students, faculty, and staff at Auburn University,
  • Working in cooperation with Auburn University’s Hunger Solutions Institute to distribute produce to local hunger relief organizations,
  • Partnering with Campus Dining at Auburn University and with local restaurants. 

For more information about our community outreach efforts, please visit the Partnerships page.

Building a Strong Community

We strive to meet this goal through:

  • Hosting events at the garden, like our monthly Community Days and volunteer opportunities. 
  • Building relationships with various campus groups, community members, local businesses, and other like-minded organizations to strengthen our ties to the Auburn Family.

To learn more about ways to get involved at the AUCG, please visit the Garden News & Events page.

Education for All

We strive to meet this goal through:

  • Providing resources to our gardeners and other partners through our connections with experts at Auburn University and the Lee County Cooperative Extension Office. 
  • Working with local schools and other educational organizations to provide learning space to the public.
  • Hosting educational events and talks related to gardening in Alabama.
  • Partnering with professors and students at Auburn University to utilize the garden as an outdoor classroom.

You can find out more about educational opportunities at the garden on both the Partnerships and Garden News & Events pages.

Advisory Committee

Policies for the CGAU are developed in consultation with a 7-member Advisory Committee composed of faculty, student, administrator and community representatives who are active at the garden. The committee has worked diligently this past year to improve the garden and to update policies to benefit the garden community.

Meet the Committee

Marley Halter, Community Garden Manager

Marley Halter, Community Garden Manager

William Walker, Assistant Director of Campus Dining

William Walker, Administrative Representative

Doug Hankes, Faculty Representative

Doug Hankes, Faculty Representative

Sarah Wilson, Student Representative

Sarah Wilson, Student Representative

Brian Short, Community Representative

Brian Short, Community Representative

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Jay Black, Community Representative

Last modified: June 23, 2020