Nourishing Bodies, Minds and Spirits
The Frederick 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 Frederick 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.
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!
We have a printable workshop schedule on our workshops page.
The gardens can be found next to Park Lake near Lot 18. Click here to see map.
Learn a New Skill, Save Money, Boost Your Resume, Get Exercise!
Our Summer 2017 general volunteer
hours start on May 9th. The hours are Tuesdays 8:00-11:00 am, as well as Wednesdays and Fridays 8:00 am-11 am & 4:00-8:00 pm. These hours are in effect when UNF is in session and weather is
permitting. No sign-up is necessary, sign-in when you arrive!
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 email@example.com.
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!
Consuming the absolute freshest and most nutritious organic
Space in the garden is limited so we are accepting only the most dedicated assistants.
Come grow with us!
Join UNF's Organic Gardening Club known as the Organic Project! Members receive hands-on experience in gardening, construction, marketing and promotion. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
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