2020 Transitions Lab

Student Engagement

Campus Garden Initiative

The IUB Campus Garden Initiative, a project of the IU Office of Sustainability, fosters environmental and social sustainability by creating interactive, edible gardening spaces on the IU-Bloomington campus.

The average meal leaves an industrial farm and travels 1500 miles over 7 to 14 days before it reaches our plates. As fuel prices rise and
climates change, the current food system becomes increasingly unsustainable. As members of a college campus community, it is our responsibility to address these issues. Learn more about sustainable food from the Big Red Eats Green initiative.

The Gardens

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The IU Campus Garden Initiative currently oversees two edible gardening spaces on the IU Bloomington campus: The Bryan House Garden and The Hilltop Garden. This fall, student volunteer days are Wednesday from 12:30pm - 4pm and Friday from 1 - 4pm.

The Hilltop Garden is the initiative’s central campus garden. At 8,500 square feet, this garden provides the campus community with an opportunity to engage in food production both curricular and extra-curricular ways. The Hilltop Garden is located at the Hilltop Garden and Nature Center at 2367 E 10th Street near Tulip Tree Apartments. Volunteers should gather near the center’s main entrance.

  • The Bryan House Garden is home to 900 square feet of gardening space and the site of the initiative’s first garden. This garden models unique ways to produce food in a campus setting and serves as a space for students, faculty, and staff to engage in the process of growing food. The Bryan House Garden is located on the East lawn of the Bryan House, just behind the Musical Arts Center in the center of the IUB campus. Due to ongoing construction in the area, the Bryan House Garden is currently out of operation, but will be up and running soon.


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To Hilltop Garden:

  • By Bike

    • To avoid biking up the big hill on 10th St, take 7th St up past the fountain. Take the path that goes between the library parking lot and the auditorium. Continue onto 7th St. Stay on 7th after you pass Union St. Turn left on Jefferson, then right on 10th. Hilltop will be on your left.

  • By Bus

    • There is a #9 bus stop at Tulip Tree Apartments, which are a 2-minute walk from Hilltop.

Garden Donations

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Many thanks to all of those who have kindly made donations to the Campus Garden Initiative!

  • 2013 Donations
    • Laura Gambrel - Large Seed Donation
    • Bloomington Garden Club - Grant Funding
    • Rosie's Gardens and Nursery
  • 2012 Donations
    • Good Earth Compost and Mulch
    • Indiana Daily Student
    • Hilltop Garden and Nature Center
    • IU Residential Programs and Services
    • IMU Dining Services
    • Michael Hicks - The Center For Community Empowerment
    • Keith Johnson - Permaculture Activist
    • Teresa Birtles - Heartland Family Farm
    • Amina Butoyi – Local Grower
    • Lee Walters – IU Staff Member
  • 2011 Donations
    • Stanley Hicks, grandfather to The Center For Community Empowerment’s Michael Hicks.
    • Keith Johnson
    • Teresa Birtles
    • Good Earth Compost and Mulch
    • Indiana Daily Student

You or your organization can donate by contacting iugarden@indiana.edu