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UNLV Campus Community Garden

The UNLV Campus Community Garden creates a sense of community, learning, and sustainability among students, faculty, and staff through the common goal of producing 100 percent organic, natural harvests.

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raised beds
and pesticide free
workshops, and volunteer opportunities

Our Campus Community Garden is a place for experiential learning and campus engagement. We provide eligible participants a place to grow their own food and learn about sustainability, nutrition, health, and wellness.



The minimum group size for a garden plot assignment is four people. The following groups are eligible to apply for a UNLV Community Garden plot:

Registered Student Organizations (RSO)

Any student group that has met the guidelines set forth for registration by the Student Involvement and Activities office.

UNLV Community Garden RSO

A maximum of four (4) plots are reserved annually for use by members of the UNLV Community Garden RSO. This enables individuals who are otherwise unable to organize the minimum of four people to secure a unique plot to still participate in the Community Garden. 

Departments and Academic Units

Must be affiliated with UNLV; priority is given to groups utilizing garden plots for academic research.

Teaching and Learning Groups

UNLV classes using the gardens for academic experiential learning and/or community engagement.

You are welcome to have a mix of staff and students for a raised bed. Plots will be assigned for a calendar year. Renewing groups meeting requirements may be able to maintain a consistent plot assignment year to year.


Faculty, staff, and students who would like to participate individually may join the Rebel Roots Garden Club. This is a RSO that is run separately from the UNLV Campus Community Garden. To join, visit the Involvement Center page for the Rebel Roots Garden Club and log in with your ACE account.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted at the beginning of every fall semester or until beds are filled. Garden members gain access to communal composters, our free seed library, and various garden tools and supplies.

Before applying, please read the UNLV Campus Community Garden Guidelines.

UNLV Campus Community Garden Guidelines

Official operating hours for the Garden are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Garden users should check-in and out with Rebel Recycling staff. Evening and weekend access to the garden is available via card key access upon request.

Access to the Garden at any time is only permitted for garden-related activities. No camping or overnight stays are permitted.

Although the UNLV Campus Community Garden is not certified organic, the Garden is an organic zone and groups must follow the community pest control and fertilizing guidelines (see attachments). Weeds, pests, and diseases will be controlled organically. No pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides can be used in the Garden without consultation with the garden manager(s) and other members of the garden.

Plots, paths, and surrounding areas must be kept clean and neat. Dead plants, leaves, and other green waste plant parts will be properly disposed of. Other trash, including rocks and stones, paper, plastic, aluminum, cardboard, wood, metal, etc. will be placed in designated containers. The Rebel Recycling Program has a Drive Up and Drop Off Program for household recyclables. Contributions of household green waste must be discussed directly with the garden manager(s).

There is a limited pool of gardening tools available. Groups may bring their own tools but these must be taken with them when they leave. The UNLV Community Garden will not store the group's tools and supplies.

Animals are not permitted in the Garden at any time except certified service or law enforcement animals.

UNLV is a smoke-free and tobacco free campus. Members must abide by the Smoke-free Tobacco-free Campus policy. Alcohol products and consumption is only permitted during pre-approved functions and must comply with the UNLV Alcohol Policy. Members may not come to the Garden under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

Groups are encouraged to give extra food yield to the garden manager so that it can be donated to the UNLV Food Pantry.

Garden Plots must be used by the group of gardeners to whom they are assigned. Plots may not be registered to someone “in name only” while friends and relatives use the plot and do most or all of the work. Once a plot has been assigned, groups must cultivate and plant the bed within four weeks. The plots cannot be left fallow or unused for any period of four weeks or longer during the gardening season. If plots become unkempt or are left barren, the garden manager will provide notice and instructions for correcting any issues to the contact information supplied on the plot registration form. Non-compliance with such notifications will result in the loss of use of the bed for the duration of the year and possibly for future years. Expansion beyond the group’s plot, into other group plots or paths, is prohibited. Plants must be kept within the limits of the garden plot.

No illegal plants may be planted. Trees and bushes may not be planted. A planting schedule is provided and adjusted to Southern Nevada’s climate. It is beneficial to follow it, though not required.

At no time should any garden member take food or plants from other plots. Additionally, any observations of inappropriate use or neglect should be docum

Plots are watered on a timed schedule. If a garden member feels their plants are not getting enough water, they need to discuss the issue with the garden manager.

In order to cultivate a sense of community and further collective knowledge, the Garden requires at least one member from each plot to participate in community building programs. Such programs will include mandatory orientation or training sessions, garden clean-up days, and may grow to include presentations or hosted events presented by plot holding organizations.


The Community Garden is located right next to the Rebel Recycling Center. The entrance is by the Stan Fulton Building Parking Lot.


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As we welcome new gardeners and welcome back our returning gardeners, we will host events to re-launch our community — times, dates and locations TBA. Check back for more info, or visit the UNLV Calendar once details are finalized.