Southeast Missouri State University

Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden

Fruits and Vegtables from the Alternative Garden

The Southeast Missouri State University Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture gives Southeast students hands on experiences with both fruit and vegetable production as well as turf plots landscaping and composting. Campus Food Garden


A self-sustainable garden in which the harvested crops will be used by Chartwells on Southeast Missouri State’s campus to prepare for student consumption. It can also be used as a learning plot for not only agriculture students, but also students going into nutrition fields.

What is it?: The garden sustains itselfᾰas in everything it needs comes from something the University already had for another purpose. The soil for the garden is composted from leaves and cuttings from the university and the pots used are leftovers from the greenhouse plants. The only expenses are seeds and paying the caretaker.

  • Not only do students now have access to fresh vegetables and fruits, Chartwells will not have to spend as much money on fresh produce.
  • It grows okra, squash, cucumbers, watermelons, pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, arugula, lavender, blueberries, and raspberries.
  • The garden uses no pesticides. Integrated pest management deters insects, by placing plants that repel harmful insects next to plants the insects attack.
  • Deer are controlled by deer netting to deter them around the garden.
  • Different control methods of Bermuda grass will be experimented with

Turf Garden

  • Many uses for the home garden.
  • Golf fairway experiments

Berry Garden

  • Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries will be grown to experiment with different varieties of each fruit.
  • Bird netting is an expense to put into place.

Native Plant Garden

Production Nursery Area

Composting Facility

  • Home composting demo area demonstrates how to make mulch out of regular yard waste.
  • The campus composting area composts the waste from around campus in grass clipping and leaves. It will be used on the garden, which completes the cycle.