The Villanova Consortium for Agricultural Research and Education (VCARE), as part of the President’s Environmental Sustainability Committee (PESC), is proud to present the addition of a new, on-campus research garden. The goal of the research garden is to serve as an educational, cross-curriculum resource, while modeling sustainable urban agriculture and enriching the greater Villanova community. The garden will provide opportunities for research, integration into a variety of class curricula, and social outreach through community partnerships.
VCARE has partnered with the Villanova Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF) to provide at least one fully funded Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowships (VURF) for their 2018 Summer Research Program. Students are encouraged to develop a research proposal detailing the scope of their proposed project, a description of the materials intended to be used in the garden, a detailed budget for the project, and a proposed schedule of the weekly maintenance to the garden plots throughout the course of the project. The garden is located behind the tennis courts near Driscoll hall, and includes multiple 8’x4’x2’ raised beds, water access, and basic tools. Access to electricity is not currently available at the garden. VCARE recommends students visit the garden to determine the feasibility of the anticipated project before developing their proposals.
All students wishing to submit research garden proposals should apply through the regular VURF application portal, and should indicate a desire to apply for the named fellowship in their application. Though only one research garden project is guaranteed through the VURF named fellowship, the possibility of funding additional research garden projects through a regular VURF is possible.
Go to the VURF website for more information on how to apply.
For questions regarding the garden Please Contact Liesel Schwarz, Villanova University Sustainability Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, (610) 519-7988
Steve Goldsmith, Assistant Professor Geography and the Environment, email@example.com
Peleg Kremer, Assistant Professor Geography and the Environment, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vanessa Boschi, Professor Chemistry,
Students, faculty and staff looking to reserve space in the garden for research, class activity or group activity may do so by filling out the below applications.
All users must adher to the garden's activities and behavior guidlines.
The 2018 PESC Student Applications are now OPEN!
Applications are due February 18, 2018.
Villanova University, as a community of learned and learning scholars, respecting the sacredness of all creation, accepts its responsibility to the integrity of Earth and its biodiversity, to the heritage of future generations, and to the security of nations. By utilizing the Augustinian values of Unitas, Veritas, and Caritas, meaning love thy neighbor, promote community unity, and live life in moderation through our curriculum, work environment, and operations, Villanova’s approach to sustainability exemplifies an emphasis on social justice and community service.
For questions regarding campus sustainability email Liesel Schwarz