Frederick and Ophelia Tate Ogier Gardens

Nourishing Bodies, Minds and Spirits


The Fredrick and Ophelia Tate Ogier Gardens is the epicenter of innovative environmental and public health programming.  Located on an acre, these organic gardens feature row crops, a wide variety of fruit trees, raised vegetable beds, and peaceful sitting areas for students to relax.  Part of the UNF Health Promotion Department, the Ogier Gardens’ programs educate about nutrition, as well as the linkages between environmental, mental, and public health. Through the “Healthy Osprey Initiative,” Health Promotion champions a healthy lifestyle and improves student retention.  The Ogier Gardens embody this initiative in multiple ways.  The Gardens produce organic herbs, vegetables, fruits, sprouts, and mushrooms all year, also exposing the public to uncommon vegetables that are easy to grow and consume.  Through a myriad of volunteer opportunities, workshops, and special events, students are introduced to how food is grown from seed to harvest, and they are encouraged to choose nutritious diets composed of organic, local, and seasonal foods.  Produce cultivated by student staff and volunteers is sold to UNF’s Osprey Cafe and given away to students and volunteers. Students can “Adopt-A-Bed,” which gives them the opportunity to experiment growing their own food at no additional cost. 

 

The seed for what has become the Ogier Gardens began as a student initiative in 2009 with a small but diverse garden located on a little parcel of land on the west side of campus. The “Osprey Garden” was originally managed by Campus Recreation and exclusively emphasized organic methods with a focus on environmental impacts and sustainability.  This tradition continues. Due to phenomenal interest from UNF students and staff as well as financial support from alumnus Bruce Ogier, the garden grew exponentially in 2012, when it was relocated to its present location and renamed “The Fredrick and Ophelia Tate Ogier Gardens." Moving towards a demonstration site for agroecology, the Ogier Gardens collects water in rain barrels, composts, and educates on the importance of biodiversity, local food, and social justice in the food system.  A new collaboration with our on-campus food pantry, Lend-A-Wing, aims to grow and deliver produce from the Ogier Gardens to address student food insecurity.

FREE GARDEN TOURS!

Tours start at 9:00 AM Every Friday During the Semester, Depending on Weather. Anyone Can Attend the Free Hour Long Tours! Come Learn How and What We Grow!


The gardens can be found next to Park Lake near Lot 18. click here to see map.

Interested in Volunteering

Learn a New Skill, Save Money, Boost Your Resume, Get Exercise!


We are always looking for those interested in learning about gardening while lending a hand to help us grow. All volunteers receive free organic vegetables, herbs, fruits or flowers! For more information about volunteering please e-mail us at ogiergardens@unf.edu

Adopt-A-Bed Program

The Ogier Gardens staff invites you to take part in our "growing" project.  Campus clubs, organizations and groups can "Adopt a Bed" and grow their own vegetables!

 Responsibilities include:

  • Planting, weeding, and watering their assigned plot
  • Devoting two hours weekly (individually or as a group) to general garden improvements 
  • Weighing and recording the types of produce harvested
  • Self-organization within the club to divide duties

Benefits include:

  • Receiving hands-on experience in gardening
  • Harvesting produce you have helped grow
  • Receive assistance and advice from the garden coordinator
  • Get exercise, fresh air, and sunshine
  • Knowing exactly where your food comes from and how it was grown
  • Consuming the absolute freshest and most nutritious organic produce available!

Space in the garden is limited so we are accepting only the most dedicated assistants.

 

Come grow with us!

 

The Organic Project  

Join UNF's Organic Gardening Club known as the Organic Project! Members receive hands-on experience in gardening, construction, marketing and promotion. Contact ogiergardens@unf.edu for more information!    

 

 

 

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