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Campus Farm Fund
Help the University of Michigan Campus Farm at Matthaei support and provide students with tools, knowledge and hands-on experience in food production, allowing them to be at the center for activity, research, and innovation.
A multi-stakeholder, living learning lab, the Campus Farm at Matthaei serves the greater University of Michigan community with educational and research opportunities related to the production of sustainable food. Along with its collaborative partners the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP) and the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, the farm is transforming U-M into a world-class place for twenty-first century scholarly research, teaching, and engagement in sustainable food systems. Scroll down for more photos of the farm.
Check out this video on how the farm is partnering with U-M Dining Services to bring produce to Michigan students.
The Campus Farm tangibly demonstrates Matthaei-Nichols and the U-M Sustainable Food Program’s core values and ties together education, community, and sustainable food in a way that hasn’t been done before at the U-M.
From the beginning the farm has had the University’s blessing. The U-M released the Campus Sustainability Integrated Assessment (CSIA). The Sustainability Executive Council chaired by President Mary Sue Coleman endorsed the study and recommended that the University create a campus farm. Students in the School of Natural Resources and Environment and UMSPF worked with Matthaei-Nichols staff and Director Bob Grese and U-M faculty members to make the farm a reality.
As much laboratory as classroom, the Campus Farm provides leadership development, education, and research opportunities in ways students might never have experienced before and contributes to authentic and impactful teaching and learning. Such hands-on experience provides invaluable lessons related to sustainable food production for students from a wide range of disciplines who—even if they don’t go on to be farmers—will play a role in food systems issues ranging from public health, the environment and our economies, in their future careers.
How can you help? If you would like to support the Campus Farm or any of our spaces, please contact Meredith Olson, Director of Development, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105; firstname.lastname@example.org; 734.647.7847.
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