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Agnes Scott Garden

Managed by Agnes Scott alumnae Lois Swords (‘77), our organic demonstration garden is a fantastic way for students to see the true origins of their food. The garden, placed near the entrance to the college’s athletic complex, is easily visible to all who walk by, giving them a glimpse of the process through which food is grown and bringing them closer to the realities of food production. 

Lois, who is sometimes more affectionately known as “Farmer Lois,” is an experienced farmhand who guides interested students in planting, cultivating, and harvesting small yields of crops. While the types of crops vary by season, past harvests have included kale, garlic, onions, arugula, beets, and swiss chard.

Because of the garden’s placement, families and Decatur community members often pass by and also benefit from the garden. It’s not unusual to see Lois giving a bit of gardening advice to a passing parent or explaining the workings of the garden to students on the way to watch a soccer game.

Though the garden is too small to supply food to Agnes Scott’s dining hall, the yield of the harvests often make their way into the kitchens of students, faculty, and staff, making sure that our community benefits from the local, organic produce that the garden produces!

tomatoes   icicle-radish    

sunflowerseed   greenhouse