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Help Develop an Outdoor Teaching Garden for Culinary Students

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Project has ended
Project ended on December 31, at 11:59 PM CST
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Help Develop an Outdoor Teaching Garden for Culinary Students

Project Goals


The School of Culinary Arts at OSUIT is committed to creating new and engaging experiences for our students. We are excited to continue to offer these unique culinary experiences by developing a new Outdoor Teaching Garden for our students. This garden will allow our program to reduce food waste, increase sustainability, and create a hyper-local restaurant experience for our guests. The 5,000 Square foot garden will be faculty and student-maintained just outside our doors.  It will offer our students an opportunity to better understand their ingredients from seed to plate. Not only will the students immediately benefit from vegetable-centric experiences, they will also be able to create garden experiences like this at this at future restaurants for years to come. 


Project Details


We will replace sod with a crushed rock base to promote better drainage and easy access to the beds. This garden will feature raised, stainless-steel garden beds equipped with a drip irrigation system. We hope to have (4) long and (2) horseshoe shaped beds to plant various vegetables and flowering plants that our students can use in their classes as well as in our restaurants. The teaching bench area will be a great spot for our campus visitors and students to learn more about the garden. The pergola will feature an outdoor grill and dining area. Some of the other sustainable measures we are looking forward to including are rain barrels and a composting station to provide the best nutrients to our gardens.  



Top View of Garden




West View


About Us


The School of Culinary Arts on the campus of OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, OK is one of the oldest culinary schools in the country. Since 1947 the school has given students job skills that are vital to success in the industry. The mission of the School of Culinary Arts is to train students to be world class chefs and food service managers. The faculty and staff are committed to providing a variety of engaging experiences for all students through specialized coursework and real world industry training. To find out more about our program, please visit us at the link: #COWBOYCHEF


Gifts to this project through the OSU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible as allowed by law.  If you have questions about your gift, please contact the OSU Foundation at 800.622.4678.

Our way
of Thanking You


Garden Seeds

Add to your own Garden with these OSU branded seeds.

4 of 100 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: December 2018


Open Garden Party

Receive seeds for your garden as well as a 2 tickets to join us at our Grand Opening Celebration in Spring 2019.

2 of 250 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: May 2019


Named Flower Pot

Elizabeth Lawrence said, "The hum of the bees is the voice of the garden." These pots will be filled with pollinator-attractant plants to help us attract the bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to make our garden beautiful & productive. This gift will also allow you and one guest entrance to our VIP Garden Party Reception this Spring.

1 of 8 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: May 2019


Name a Rain Barrel

Rain barrels can save hundreds of gallons of water over the garden season. These will be or primary means to water our beds as much as possible. This gift will also allow you and one guest entrance to our VIP Garden Party Reception this Spring.

0 of 2 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: May 2019


Name a Teaching Bench

One of the primary purposes of our garden is to educate our students as well as visitors about sustainable practices and vegetable gardening in Oklahoma. These benches will provide an excellent place to welcome guests and train our students in the heart of the garden where your generous gift will be named in your honor. This gift will also allow you and one guest entrance to our VIP Garden Party Reception this Spring.

0 of 6 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: May 2019


Name a Garden Bed

Our steel garden beds will be built to last the often inclement Oklahoma weather and stand the test of time. Our garden bed will be named for you and you and a guest will be invited to our VIP reception party in the garden this upcoming garden season.

1 of 5 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: May 2019
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