Donielle Nolan

Donielle Nolan

Donielle Nolan

Greenhouse Management, Integrated Pest Management, Hydroponics, Urban Agriculture, Permaculture, Sustainable Agriculture, Composting, Microgreens

Doni Nolan graduated from Mason in the spring of 2014 with her BA in Biology. During her years as a student she volunteered for Monica Marcelli in the greenhouse and always dreamed of having her own greenhouse one day. For three years she was the President of the GMU Organic Garden Association while earnng her undergraduate degree. She joined the Office of Sustainability in 2013 as the summer intern for the Potomac Heights Organic Vegetable Garden and later as the assistant coordinator for the 2014 Permaculture Design Certification Course. After working all summer in the garden, she knew that growing food was her passion. She works full-time for the Office of Sustainability as the Greenhouse & Gardens Program Manager for the Presidents Park Greenhouse and two gardens on campus. The greenhouse utilizes hydroponics to grow lettuce, tomatoes, microgreens, basil and other herbs that will be served at Ike’s dining hall. She is delighted to teach the Mason community through her position as adjunct faculty for the INTS 210 course. If you would like to get involved at the greenhouse and gardens, please contact Doni at Or visit to learn more.

Current Research

Hydroponic Microgreen Production

Grants and Fellowships

Grants, $53,000 Total for Presidents Park Greenhouse 2014 – 2017

Courses Taught

INTS 210


Virginia Tech 2018 M.S. in Agriculture & Life Sciences

Concentration in Plant Science and Pest Management

George Mason University 2014 B.A. in Biology                                                                                            

Recent Presentations

Growing food sustainably - TedX Tysons Salon at WeWork

In the Media

Featured in Magazine: Meet the Mason Nation: Doni Nolan

George Mason University Spirit Magazine           

Featured in Article: Grow well being this summer by volunteering at Mason’s greenhouse and gardens

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Featured in Article: Putting her green fingers to work

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Featured in Article: Meet the budding hydroponic farmer feeding George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

City Farmer News

Featured in Article: Volunteering on campus led to discovering her passion: farming

George Mason University News          

Featured in Article: Growing their own: Fundraiser launched to expand GMU fresh food production

Fairfax Times Biology-graduate-finds-her-calling-in-the-greenhouse                               


Featured in Article: Biology graduate finds her calling in the greenhouse

Horti Daily