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The University of Maryland Community Learning Garden was started in 2010 as a graduate student project, but has since become a joint venture between undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff. Our goal is to encourage people to see green spaces in new ways and use them to their fullest capacities. We educate community members about healthy eating and where food comes from all the while fostering a stronger connection with nature.



Behind our garden is a team of dedicated students and staff! The Community Learning Garden relies on the support and help of several UMD departments and organizations. These include:

  • UMD Arboretum and Botanical Garden

  • UMD Campus Pantry

  • Facilities Management

  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Dining Services

  • Office of Sustainability

  • Terp Farm


The Community Learning Garden is one of four campus food gardens, each with a special mission. ​​

St. Mary's Garden: 

Harmonizing different groups through language-learning and gardening


JFarm (Am Ha'Aretz Hillel Garden): 

Building community through culture and environmental education

Community Learning Garden: 

Learning and teaching about community health and sustainable agriculture

Chef's Garden: 

Leading the campus towards healthy eating and fresh produce

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