The Augusta Garden Club at UMA, including many university volunteers, were successful in helping ease some of the local food insecurity by donating over 700 pounds of fresh produce grown in the UMA Community Gardens to the Augusta Food Bank this year. In addition to growing produce, participation in the garden grows community. Connections and networks are established within the university setting and throughout the community.
While the gardening season may be over for the year, the Garden Club remains active throughout the winter months with various events. These include Eat and Greets held periodically on Wednesday at noontime, where students and University staff are invited to brainstorm ideas for the garden and possible philanthropic endeavors while enjoying social time with colleagues and peers. The Garden Club has also collaborated with various UMA groups, including CAUSE (Community of Artists for UMA Social Empowerment) to hold food drives and other events to benefit the greater Augusta community.
On Thursday, December 6th from 12-2pm and 4 -7pm, the Garden Club will participate in the Holiday Lunch and Dinner events being held in the Fireplace Lounge, Randall Student Center, Augusta Campus. At its booth, the Garden Club will be collecting food and cash donations for the Augusta Food Bank while having fun taking holiday photos with festive props and backgrounds. Stop by for a photo which will be emailed to participants immediately for their use in social media needs.
Interested in getting involved in UMA’s Community Garden?
The Sociology course SSC 334 Cultivating Community: The Garden Seminar will be returning to the Augusta and Bangor campuses for the Spring 2019 term!