Revitalizing the Shawneetown Community Garden

Cultivating Place for a Sustainable Community: revitalizing the Shawneetown Community Garden was one of the proposals funded under the 2014-2015 Sustainability Challenge Grant program. The project is led by Helen Turner (Interior Design,CoD) and Krista Jacobsen (Horticulture,CAFE), who are members of TFISE’s Built Environment and Food Systems Initiative working groups, respectively. The project aims to improve the functioning and aesthetics of the garden while providing unique project-based and service learning opportunities for their students. Students developed the conceptual design, conducting surveys, soliciting stakeholder input, and presenting their design to reviewers. The resulting design yielded 86 plots, work hubs, community spaces, walking paths, and children playscapes. Over the Spring, they cleared debris and prepared the area for the gardeners and coordinated with the student group Students Engaged in Agricultural Discovery (SEAD) to assist residents with staking plots. They will continue to work over the summer to construct and install the built elements to ready the “place” for the Garden to Table event this fall. For more information and pictures, see or follow their progress on Facebook.