Project VEGGIE


site photos by: Valentino Constantinou

Who We Are

Project V.E.G.G.I.E. began in 2012 as a means for students to grow some of their own food and “live off the food grid.” Spearheaded by current club president Neil Brown and vice president Candice Lawton, initial efforts were not without difficulty. Yet, through the hard work of Neil, Candice, and other founding-member students, the 3400 square foot garden has thrived and continues to bring joy to anyone that visits.

Today, Project V.E.G.G.I.E. is a group primarily consisting of undergraduate students, but the club is open to all graduate students, faculty, and community members as well. We strive to have a broad, diverse membership.

What We Do

With the involvement of the community, other students, and faculty, we bring people together that enjoy making new friends, working towards a sustainable future, and simply love to garden and grow their own food.

We have grown a large variety of vegetables in the past, including corn, sweet potatoes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, hot peppers, watermelons, squash, and others. In our first year alone, the we successfully grew several hundred pounds of produce. Best of all, everything at the garden is grown organically while also using minimal amounts of irrigated water, limiting the garden’s impact on our precious environment. Additionally, we also plan for any nutritional impacts to our soil when planting our vegetables.

Project V.E.G.G.I.E. is working with Big Orange Orchard to transform the the University of Tennessee campus into an edible campus, ripe with fruit, vegetables, and herbs! If you have the time, please fill out this brief survey.

Volunteers Educating about Growing Gardens and Inspiring Environmentalism

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