Design a Kitchen Garden of the Future Based on the Past

Team Mentors:

Dr. Beth Kunkel, Professor
Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences

Dr. Paul Russell, Assistant Professor
Landscape Architecture program

Jennifer Goree, Director of Healthy Campus

Jennifer Gosnell, Healthy Campus

Our objective is to partner with the SC History of Agriculture Museum to design and implement kitchen gardens to be used to teach K-12 teachers and students.

One of the greatest challenges in sustainability is addressing the food needs of our planet.  Solving that challenge involves understanding our past and adapting the best practices from the past into practices for the future.  Students on this creative inquiry team will research the history of kitchen gardens as well as design and implement kitchen gardens at the SC History of Agriculture Museum in Pendleton.  This interdisciplinary team will include students from landscape architecture as well as other disciplines.  These gardens will be visited by K-12 students throughout SC and will also be used to teach K-12 teachers how to incorporate gardening into their classrooms.

Students will learn techniques of sustainable food production and preservation; demonstrate the ability to work with a variety of community groups; demonstrate the abilities to function as a team, set priorities for activities, and follow through on those activities; and build community capacity for developing a sustainable food system.

Through research and documentation of the history of kitchen gardens in South Carolina, students will use critical and creative thinking to propose solutions for a sustainable garden of the future.


Students will work across disciplinary lines to think critically about how they can address great societal challenges related to sustainability. To achieve this course goal, students will:

  • define sustainability;
  • identify and discuss fundamental issues of sustainability;
  • analyze how their values relate to sustainability, and how their actions impact sustainability issues;
  • recognize interrelated systems;
  • evaluate the role of their major in sustainability issues;
  • apply sustainability concepts on local and global scales;
  • practice change agent skills for sustainability;
  • develop a plan to address sustainability challenges through engagement at Clemson and beyond.