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Plant Biology Learning Gardens

Learning Gardens & Research Site

Students and faculty use the Learning Gardens for projects and research.

Circle Gardens, Fields and High Tunnel

The Plant Biology Learning Gardens features student gardens, a tunnel for year-round growing, and field plots.

In 2014-15, the gardens donated almost 400 pounds of food to the Community Food Initiative for local food banks.

The facility encompasses approximately two acres of planted space, mostly vegetables, and some small grains. The garden also has a variety of perennials, including grapes, hops, rhubarb, blueberries, strawberries, horseradish, and of course, lots of bamboo. Herbs and a selection of medicinal plants and planted for teaching use.

The high tunnel is 30 feet wide and 96 feet long, with approximately 3,000 square feet. The tunnel enables student to raise lettuce, broccoli, onions, cauliflower, peas and beets in the cooler months, and then follow in the warmer months with peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers and seed crop broccoli.

In the garden facility, students and faculty do both a spring-summer garden plan and an extensive fall garden as well.

In addition to classes that specifically use the garden as a resource, it also is used as a destination for learning communities, such as UC 1900. And it is a place where students can fulfill community service hours, if they choose to do so.

For more information, contact Dr. Art Trese.

West State Street Research Site

The Research Site on West State Street, maintained and administered by the Environmental & Plant Biology Department, provides the following services to the Ohio University community:

  • the teaching, research and practice of alternative methods of agriculture, that is, methods which do not use highly soluble chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides
  • an agricultural area for the teaching and research of certain aspects of other courses and disciplines such as plants and soil, plant pathology, plants and people, mycology, medicinal botany and agro-ecology
  • an area to expand the function of the greenhouse when space is limited, e.g., as a nursery area for plants needed for teaching and research
  • research plots for Plant Biology undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty who are conducting research where considerable space is needed and/or where considerable manipulation of the environment is required
  • an area for the teaching, research, and practice of techniques used in the conservation and restoration of some of Ohio's natural habitats such as mesic prairie and wetland
  • an area where Ohio University students are able to gain experience and instruction in gardening under the auspices of the Environmental & Plant Biology Department
  • a site for outreach projects, workshops and expositions that are campus-supported and involve agriculture or some other earth-centered activity

The Ohio University Garden Club, which is advised by Environmental and Plant Biology faculty, practices organic gardening at the site. Hands on, biointensive, biodynamic and permaculture methods have been used in two courses: Biointensive Agriculture and Introduction to Alternative Agriculture.

Information about space for research projects at the site may be obtained from the Environmental and Plant Biology Garden/Research Site Committee by email at plantbio@ohio.edu.

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