at Matthaei Botanical Gardens
The University of Michigan Campus Farm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens is a living, learning laboratory for students and interns, providing educational, research, and employment opportunities in the Nature Academy intern program related to the production of sustainable food and the study of food systems.
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.
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.
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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.
The straw-bale building is well placed on the University of Michigan Campus Farm. The building is nestled in a food forest, where a team of students previously planted hazelnuts, raspberries, serviceberries and blueberries. Its front porch opens south, facing the farm’s fields. West of the building are several passive solar hoop houses, which can now grow food year-round.
Check out this video on how the farm is partnering with U-M Dining Services to bring produce to Michigan students.
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