Friends of the Campus Farm
At the University of Michigan Campus Farm, we are working to create a community around sustainable food. Initiated by a dedicated Master’s project team in early 2012, the Campus Farm began as a pilot garden plot on school grounds at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. A component of the newly developed University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP), the farm initially served as the field classroom and learning laboratory for exploring sustainable agriculture practices. Friends of the Campus Farm, the volunteer group that supports and helps manage the farm, has worked to uphold the program's principles and advance toward overarching goals. Though the mission of empowering students to create healthy communities through sustainable food education and engagement has not changed, the scope of our project has.
The success of the initial pilot garden has sparked interest from campus and community members alike. We would like to put healthy, organic produce in the dining halls. With no shortage of student labor, our challenge comes in meeting production requests and demands. As a beginning organization, we do not yet have the funds or expertise to grow the foods that our dining halls would need. We promote local, non-GMO food and we’ve discussed with campus chefs how the incorporation of such produce could help the university meet its sustainability goals. An expansion of our efforts would also aid in our ability to provide student-grown food to another UMSFP member group, one that currently sells affordable produce to individuals passing through campus.
At its core, the Campus Farm will remain a hands-on learning center. As such, we plan to continue to welcome students from all fields along with faculty, staff, and community members as we create a culture of sustainable food, community engagement, ethical development, and healthy living.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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