FIU's Organic Garden recognized as USDA "People's Garden"

FIU's Organic Garden, which is run by students, faculty and staff, reached another milestone last Friday. Mr. Vladamir Diaz, a USDA local official recognized it as a "People's Garden."

The "People's Garden" is a special recognition accorded to community gardens around the country, an initiative started by US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last year, to promote sustainable, healthy and local community food production in the country. To qualify for this distinction, a community garden has to meet 3 criteria:

  • managed by community members (in our case the FIU community)
  • must involve sustainable practices
  • must benefit the larger community and the environment

Thanks to the FIU Garden Club, student leaders, and a grant from the USDA NIFA Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grant (2008), the FIU Organic Garden is the first such People's Garden on any University campuses in South Florida.

If you haven't visited the Garden lately, please do. The garden looks great now with the onset of the spring weather.

Mahadev Bhat
Krish Jayachandran
Earth and Environment Department