The Sustainable Carolina Garden practices a form of urban-based Permaculture. Permaculture
is a design system-based concept for sustainable agriculture that focuses on the triple
bottom line business approach: people, planet and profit. It utilizes the natural
relationships between crops, integrating natural pollination and pest prevention to
achieve a self-sustaining crop system. The process maximizes energy and water efficiency
while reducing input requirements by mimicking the systems found in nature.
These beds protect against erosion and compaction from foot traffic, allowing the
soil to remain loose so that plants can grow big and strong. Annuals are typically
grown in our raised garden beds, allowing us to plant a variety of crops season after
This system takes rainwater and makes it drinkable by allowing it to flow through
a Biosand filter and black Berkey filter, which remove suspended solids, bacteria
and heavy metals. Fill your water bottle and stay hydrated while you volunteer in
Garden plots are an opportunity for students to tend their own area of the garden
and grow their own produce. There are 15 raised beds in the Garden- please reach out
to a Garden Guide to learn more and get involved.
Our “food forest” demonstrates the practice of agroforestry in permaculture. Agroforestry
aims to mimic a natural forest ecosystem by growing mainly edible forest plants in
plant guilds to support one another in pollination, nutrient availability, and pest
Hugelkultur, German for “hill culture”, consists of layering rotting wood, sod, compost,
topsoil, and mulch to create a garden bed with a perfect moisture retention and nutrient
These plants attract pollinators to our garden. The worldwide overuse of pesticides
has harmed many populations of pollinators so it is important to create helpful habitats,
such as this garden, to bring them back.
Our greenhouse allows us to grow year-round and start sensitive seedlings before the
growing season begins by maintaining a reasonable amount of heat and water vapors
so that warmth and humidity is maintained for ideal germination and plant growth.
We practice food composting by combining a 3:1 ratio of food scraps and dried, woody
materials. Compost makes an excellent natural fertilizer when mixed into the soil
in the SCG.
Wetlands act as nature’s water purification system by filtering out chemicals and
pollution that pass over the impermeable surfaces like our sidewalks before allowing
the water to seep back into the underground water table.
This vernal steam remains dry at several points during the year, but will temporarily
fill up with water to provide a natural habitat for distinctive plants and animals.
It allows for the safe reproduction and development of amphibians as well as their
primary food source of several insect species.
A circular raised bed with a keyhole-shaped indentation on one side. The indentation
allows gardeners to add compostable materials into a composting basket that sits in
the center of the bed and helps keep the soil moist while continually providing nutrients
to the plants.
These plants are used to create natural dyes for coloring fibers and textiles. Conventional
clothing sources often include man-made dyes which deplete our planet’s natural resources.
Help our environment by avoiding synthetic dyes and turning to natural dyes.
A method of growing plants in a water based, nutrient rich solution. Hydroponics does
not use soil, instead the root system is supported using rockwool cubes. Our hydroponics
system is used to grow heads of lettuce and other produce that is sold at the farmers
market and in the dining halls.
These porous concrete pavers allow rainfall to be captured and to percolate into the
ground. This reduces stormwater runoff and recharges groundwater, while providing
a walkway through the garden.
It has been proven that students tend to have increased concentration and are more
motivated, inspired and willing to learn when they are outdoors. If you would like
to reserve the outdoor classroom, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.