Alignment with the Jesuit Values of Seattle University:
SU Grounds Edible Campus Initiative focuses on integral ecology of multiple systems of growing edibles highlighting food security and justice issues. Students are encouraged to take an active role in growing food for harvest and donation supporting social need for food security and helping care for others.
Student interns engage in leadership opportunities working with campus Gardeners learning organic greenhouse management, starting veggies from seed, transplanting, organic plant and pest management, harvest, coordinated harvest donation.
The edible campus is a sustainable urban agriculture tool for teaching others, a springboard for rethinking broken food systems, and an incubator for inventive ideas about food security for future generations. By designing edibles into the existing gardens, we are encouraging students to identify and harvest food in their own backyard.