As part of our commitment to social and environmental justice, we have been increasing the number of edible plants that we tend on the campus. They range from the Columbia Orchard to an occasional blueberry plant in the landscape. All food-producing plants on campus are free for all to harvest, except for designated raised beds in the Community Gardens.
Through our Edible Campus Ambassadors program, students can engage in hands-on learning about urban agriculture while earning internship credits. They manage the 'Food For All' plots at the Chardin and Broadway community gardens and the Potager's garden at the Pigott Pavillion. They do the intensive work that it takes to maintain the food-producing plants throughout campus. They work closely with the student club, Food With Spirit, to insure that the food we raise is provided to our neighbors in need and does not go to waste.
Do you yearn to grow some food for yourself, your friends and family, for those in need? We have two p patch- style gardens on campus with 31 raised beds available for students, staff and faculty. The Broadway Community Garden is located at Broadway and E. Columbia. The Chardin Community Garden is located along the walkway that connects E. Cherry and E. Jefferson between Chardin Hall and SU Park. If you're interested in acquiring a plot, please email Janice Murphy.
The Food For All plots are located within the two community gardens. Everyone in the community is welcome to pick from these plots. Please be moderate in your consumption, leave some for others. Always wash the produce that you pick. Look for the Food For All signs!
We also have a beautiful hand drawn map of the location of the edibles on campus. Download a pdf of the Edible Campus Map