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Edible landscaping can be found throughout campus. These gardens help to diversify the look of our campus as well as provide opportunities for cultivating collaboration across UMD colleges and departments with UMD Facilities Management.

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In its third year, the project now boasts 19 different groups involved with 16 campus gardens.  These gardens serve many purposes including encouraging healthy eating, providing opportunities for UMD students, faculty and staff to learn about local produce, and providing fresh vegetables to the UMD community.  UMD Facilities Management has made the Edible Garden Project possible through their commitment to sustainability and alternative landscapes. 

2012 Edible Gardens

Using the map to the right, you can explore all of the campus gardens.

Herb Garden

Herb GardenThe purpose of this garden is to learn more baout growing and preserving herbs. We are growing thyme, oregano, dill, basil, rosemary, sage, cilantro, and parsley. UMD Catering will be using produce fron this garden in fall and winter meals. 

Grown by: University for Seniors

Sweet Potato Garden

Sweet Potato GardenThe purpose of this garden is to learn more about growing sweet potatoes in Duluth's climate. Can it grow here? Is it any good? This garden will also be used by UMD classes that focus on food.

Grown by: Biology Greenhouse Staff

International Garden

FInternational GardenThe International Education Office is growing internationally-themed produce. We planted produce to represent individual countries with which UMD has a relationship: Piselli (peas in Italian); rajčata (tomatoes in Croatian); pimientos (peppers in Spanish); uien (onions in Dutch); kartofler (potatoes in Danish); Möhren (carrots in German); frenk soğanı (chives in Turkish); balanoy (basil in Filipino); betteraves (beets in French); šalát (lettuce in Slovak); cilantro (cilantro in Spanish); aubergine (eggplant in French); and, brysselkål (brussel sprouts in Swedish). Produce from this garden will be used at receptions hosted by the Interational Education Office.

Grown by: International Educaiton Office

HIP (Health Improvement Program) Garden

HIP GardenWe are growing a garden of vegetables fit for a healthy salad. We planted tomatoes, chives, cucumbers, peas, lettuce, spinach, onions, beets, carrots and peppers. At the end of the summer, we intended to have a salad bar potluck with all of the vegetables grown over the season. The Employee Wellness Program Salad Bar Potluck will be held on August 21, 2012.

Grown by: Employee Wellness Program

FRESH Foods Garden

FRESH GardenHealth Services and the Office of Civic Engagement will combine their interests
through this project by building connections
between campus units and the Duluth community. We planted tomatoes, spinach,
kale, chard, bell peppers, hot peppers, onions, beets, cilantro, basil and chives. The produce will be used in two ways. First, produce that ripens during the mid-summer months will be donated to the Damiano Kids Cafe for meals they serve to local children. Produce that ripens in late August, September and October will be used for three food preparation and nutrition workshops for students. Visitors canalso sample the tomatoes.

Grown by: Health Services and Office of Civic Engagement

Salad Garden

Salad GardenThe focus of this garden is to grow produce for salads. We have planted diff erent types of lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, marigolds and a pumpkin plant. We also have chives in our small planter, and Northern Shores Coffee Shop has lettuce and tomatoes in the planters on the patio. UMD Student Life will use these items in the Food Court and Center Court Restaurant over the summer months.

Grown by: Student Life

International Club Garden

International Club GardenThe produce from this garden will be used by UMD students, both international and domestic, for their own cooking. We have planted tomatoes, onions, basil and other herbs. The International Club will also host a potluck, when students who harvest produce can bring the food they made from the garden. The dishes can be traditional dishes from their cultures.

Grown by: International Club

BOYB (Bring Your Own Bowl) Garden

BYOB GardenThe purpose of this garden is to promote healthy eating at UMD. We planted green peppers, tomatoes, white onions, red lettuce, mesclun, green leaf lettuce, spinach, radish, carrots and nasturtiums for a border. Our garden theme is BYOB: bring your own bowl. Visitors are free to pick fresh greens as they walk by for their salad bowls. We want the campus to be able to share this garden!

Grown by: Kirby Student Center

School Garden

School GardenThe Office of Sustainability and the Department of Education teamed up to create a demonstration school garden. We have planted tomatoes, spinach, carrots, chard, kale, beans, lettuce, peas, radishes, beets, leeks, onions and basil. Th is garden will be used to educate current pre-service teachers, on the benefi ts of using a school garden in their curriculum. The site will also be used as a space to educate UMD students about sustainable agriculture and sustainability in general.

Grown by: Office of Sustainability and Dept. of Education

Wellness Garden

Wellness GardenThe focus of this garden is on growing food to make healthy lunches. Gardening also has many benefi ts for wellness, including: exercise, improving diet, increasing creativity, promoting calmness, and connecting with the earth. Our goals are to challenge ourselves to create new healthy lunches using a variety of fresh vegetables, and to learn techniques for making the most of planting in a small plot through companion planting and seasonal planting. Th e food we produce will be used by the staff and students tending the garden.

Grown by: Library Circulation

Outdoor Ed. and RSOP Garden

Outdoor Ed. and RSOP GardenThrough interdepartmental collaboration, this garden is being grown to encourage outdoor learning and healthy eating, as well as educate children about the environment. The Robert F. Pierce Clinic will include adaptive, therapeutic gardening activities for children and adults with mobility restrictions.

Grown by: Recreation Sports Outdoor Program (RSOP)

Kevin's Garden

Kevin's GardenOur purpose is to generate fresh produce to substitute grocery store purchases and develop a garden that educates ourselves and others about the benefi ts of partitioning and rotating crops by family. We are growing rosemary, oregano, basil, onion, green beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, cabbage, mixed salad greens, potatoes and carrots. The public is welcome to share our produce.

Grown by: UMD Student Kevin Pexa

Heirloom Garden

Heirloom GardenWith rising food costs, students in the International Club decided to grow their own produce to lower that burden and cook cultural dishes. This collection of planters is being grown by first-time gardeners who want to learn something new and get outside during the summer.

Grown by: Continuing Education

Students Seeking Spirituality Garden

Students Seeking Spirituality GardenGrowing peace within and without. We'd like to learn to grow produce so that we may become more self-suffi cient, develop greater peace of mind, and ultimately feed our community and ourselves. We are growing potatoes, carrots, beans, corn, carrots, onions, pumpkins, squash, peppers, some herbs, peas, beets, cucumbers and tomatoes. The produce from this garden will be used on campus and in the Duluth community. We will use the produce for campus events. We will also give produce to the battered women's shelter, the Lake Superior Interfaith Church, and other community institutions.

Grown by: Students Seeking Spirituality

"Juice Up Your Beats" Garden

Juice Up Your Beats GardenWe have planted eggplant, spring mix lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots, butternut squash, summer squash, pole beans, kohlrabi, zucchini, hot peppers, sweet peppers, tomatoes (cherry and large), and later in the summer, pumpkins for a fall harvest. External Aff airs will off er the produce at the "How to Publicize Your Event" presentation. Th is will be an opportunity for External Aff airs to illustrate that administration cares immensely about good health, using local foods, and positive sustainable practices. We will harvest the vegetables, and prepare them as juice drinks and snacks.

Grown by: External Affairs

Salsa Fresca Garden

Salsa Fresca GardenWe have planted tomatoes, ancho chiles, habanero chiles, tomatillos, onions and cilantro. Th e Chester Park Building is basically a food desert. Th ere are a few vending machines with processed snacks and soda. Unless we bring our own food, we don't have access to healthy food without leaving the building. The Fine Arts Academy staff will make salsa for our Chester Park students and staff to enjoy.

Grown by: Fine Arts Academy

Garden Proposals

The 2012 gardens are already growing. However, the Edible Landscape Project will accept proposals from students, faculty, and staff for new gardens in the Spring. Keep an eye on the Sustainability website or our blog to find out when the application process begins.

Juneberry Picking

Juneberries on Kirby TerraceJuneberry bushes can be found throughout campus, from the terraces outside the Kirby Student Center and Engineering Building, to the front entrance of the Life Science Building. The bushes are full of fruit that ripen in mid to late July. In 2011 several buckets of the fruit was collected by Facilities Management and given to UMD Catering for use in making desserts.


2012 Garden Locations

Edible Garden Locations

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