UCO Green

UCO Community Gardens

The Office is Sustainability is committed to local, healthy foods. In partnership with the UCO Central Pantry, the Edmond YMCA, UCO Housing, and several student groups and classes, we have developed several gardening opportunities both on and off campus. All produce grown in these various gardens goes into the UCO Central Pantry to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the users of the pantry who otherwise might not be able to purchase these items.

The garden is also used as a teaching and awareness raising tool to educate the UCO population about the benefits of fresh produce, and the advantages of locally grown food. 

Explore the diverse gardens on campus below.

Want to get involved? Please email green@uco.edu, or stop by the Office of Sustainability, Nigh University Center Room 212. 

The UCO-YMCA Community Gardening Partnership


This garden, located at the Rankin YMCA (1220 S Rankin St, Edmond, OK 73034), and maintained by UCO, as well as community gardeners from across Edmond and OKC, was the first community garden established by the Office of Sustainability and the UCO Volunteer and Service Learning Center. The Garden encompasses 14 raised bed plots, two of which are three foot tall, ADA beds. For more info on volunteering or signing up for a plot, contact the UCO Office of Sustainability, green@uco.edu

The UCO Balcony Gardens


These gardens are located on the South Balcony of the Nigh University Center, and were established as a partnership between the Office of Sustainability and the Nigh Center. These moveable gardens consist of several plastic "kiddie pools" containing grow bags, as well as several plastic milk crates. This inventive gardening method was a student-developed project that uses less water, and can be installed in virtually any location, including apartments and duplexes. For more info, or to learn how to build these inexpensive beds, please contact the Office!

UCO Suites and Commons Gardens

These gardens were established as a partnership between the UCO Housing Living Learning Community, UCO Student Transformative Learning Record, and UCO Sustainability. These raised bed gardens are located at the UCO Suites Housing Complex, and are managed by the Sustainability Living Learning Community and UCO Volunteers. Compost is also being used to create nutrient-rich soil and cut down on the costs of purchasing soil and compost each season. This compost is made from leaves collected on campus and coffee grounds from the On-Campus coffee shops.

Suites Gardens