The Medical Campus Garden group is student led organization focused on fostering collaboration amongst students, faculty, staff and patients affiliated with the University of Michigan Health System through the lens of growing food. We believe the culture of nutritious eating, local, sustainable food and outdoor engagement is fundamental to health maintenance and hope to establish a paradigm in our clinical care setting that promotes these preventive measures for the public.
Our mission is to provide a sustainable, experiential learning environment that engages the medical campus and local community in the practices of gardening, nutrition education, food security and overall health and wellness. By planting and maintaining a garden through the work of volunteer students, faculty, staff and patients, we hope to increase the visible role sustainable food has on our medical campus that can ultimately expand to initiatives including:
distribution of garden produce to members of the community
improving nutrition education in the medical school curriculum
garden and medical nutrition therapy for patients and visitors
sustainable food and health research projects for interested students and faculty
To learn more, or sign up to volunteer, visit umichmedcampusgarden.wordpress.com.