Campus Garden Initiative

The Campus Garden at Hilltop Garden and Nature Center (2367 E. 10th Street) is a program of the IU Office of Sustainability. 

Grow with us! The campus gardens thrive when there are volunteers to contribute to watering, weeding, seeding, and other necessities that ensure plant growth and the initiative's success.

Hilltop Garden and Nature Center provides educational opportunities for community members and supplies produce to Indiana Memorial Union. 

The average meal leaves an industrial farm and travels 1500 miles over 7 to 14 days before it reaches our plates. As fuel prices rise and climates change, the current food system becomes increasingly unsustainable. As members of a college campus community, it is our responsibility to address these issues. Learn more about sustainable food from the Big Red Eats Green initiative.

The Gardens

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The IU Campus Garden Initiative currently oversees one edible gardening space on the IU Bloomington campus: The Hilltop Garden. Workdays for the Spring 2018 semester are Fridays 1 - 4pm.  Like the IU Campus Garden Initiative facebook page for updates, or email your name to to be added to the listserv.

This semester, we will be offering an individual garden plot program.  This program is free and open to IU students, staff, and faculty.  Plot sizes range from 4x8 feet to 4x11 feet.  Tools, gloves, water, and some seeds will be provided.  Orientation sessions and group work dates will be held so you can learn gardening skills in a supportive environment! Contact for more information or to register for the program.

The Hilltop Garden is the initiative’s central campus garden. At 8,500 square feet, this garden provides the campus community with an opportunity to engage in food production both curricular and extra-curricular ways. The Campus Garden is located at the Hilltop Garden and Nature Center at 2367 E 10th Street near Tulip Tree Apartments. Volunteers should gather near the center’s main entrance.


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To Hilltop Garden:

  • By Bike

    • To avoid biking up the big hill on 10th St, take 7th St up past the fountain. Take the path that goes between the library parking lot and the auditorium. Continue onto 7th St. Stay on 7th after you pass Union St. Turn left on Jefferson, then right on 10th. Hilltop will be on your left.

  • By Bus

    • There is a #9 bus stop at Tulip Tree Apartments, which are a 2-minute walk from Hilltop.

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Volunteer At The Garden

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Why Volunteer At The Garden?
  • Learn how to maintain a garden and to reap what you sow!
  • Take home fresh produce for free
  • Learn the importance of local food for your health and the health of the community
  • Make new friends!
Volunteer Details
  • Spring 2018 volunteer days are Fridays 1 - 4pm.
  • All volunteers are provided with proper gardening tools and gloves upon arrival
  • Volunteering takes place at the Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. No need to sign up, just show up! 
  • Stay up to date on garden volunteer opportunities by following our 

You or your organization can donate to the garden by contacting