Formed in Spring 2009, the 1/3-acre University of Iowa Student Garden provides an educational model that addresses environmental, social, cultural, and economical issues that affect our contemporary food system.
The mission of the Student Garden is to:
- Create mentoring opportunities for students who want to learn practical farming and gardening skills.
- Grow sustainable produce for the Iowa Memorial Union Food Pantry and Iowa City community.
- Provide and demonstrate sustainable food choices and lifestyle practices to all University of Iowa students.
- Promote interdisciplinary cooperation between students, campus, and community organizations.
- Serve as a resource for education and research for students, faculty, and staff of the University of Iowa.
To ensure quality produce, we create an environment that is rooted in the principles of organic agriculture. Although we are not a certified organic garden, we grow our produce without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and artificial fertilizers. Our work provides an educational opportunity for several colleges and departments, and is directly Community, which aims to contextualize a diversity of environmental issues topics. The Student Garden is nestled off Hawkeye Park Road, across from the Hawkeye Recreation Fields.
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