On Thursday, September 1, 2016, the University of South Carolina Upstate Community Garden organization will host a fall plant sale and presentation by Andrew Padula, owner of Padula’s Plants and Garden Design in Greer, S.C., beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the garden adjacent to the university’s Health Education Complex.
Focusing on sustainable gardening, companion planting and many different ways of perennial propagation, Padula will offer advice about fall and winter gardening and the planning that can be done during these seasons in preparation for a bountiful harvest. The plant sale will offer a mix of cool weather crops, native plants and seeds.
Since its inception in 2013, the USC Upstate Community Garden organization has helped raise awareness about healthy initiatives and the value of locally grown food. As a result, student and faculty participation has expanded the garden’s footprint from the original seven beds to 11 with the addition of the Pastides Garden created with support from Patricia Moore-Pastides, the first lady of the University of South Carolina.
“Each member produces as much or as little as her or she needs,” said Nia Payne, president of the USC Upstate Community Garden. “One (garden) bed is dedicated specifically to donations for community partners, such as the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen.”
Spaces in the university’s community garden are available for adoption at no cost to individual students, staff, faculty or small groups on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a space is adopted, the group will be given access to tools to help them plant and maintain their garden.
For more information about joining the USC Upstate Community Garden or the fall plant sale, contact Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org.