Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.90
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 23, 2020

STARS v2.2

Florida Gulf Coast University
IN-7: Community Garden

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Kathleen Crawford
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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A brief description of the institution’s community garden:

The Food Forest is a student-led edible garden that specializes in the growth and maintenance of tropical/subtropical fruits and plants. The permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share are lived through the mission of the Food Forest which values community partnership, environmental sustainability and leadership. It is a free resource (faculty, staff, students, and community members alike) for everyone and serves as a place of peace from the hectic stressors of life.

The FGCU Food Forest works to advance the mission of the university through offering unique and innovative educational and service learning opportunities for students, alumni, staff, faculty, and community members and through enhancing awareness of sustainable food production and whole food nutrition. Furthermore, the Food Forest seeks to elevate the environmental sustainability of the institution through providing organic fruits and vegetables to the campus and southwest Florida communities. Ultimately, through engaging the hands, hearts, and minds of students, alumni, staff, faculty, and community members, the Food Forest will offer a space for the cultivation of lifelong learning and for a commitment to sustainable food and living practices.

In addition to the FGCU Food Forest, we also have an urban container garden which produces for FGCU's Dining Services with excess being donated to FGCU's Campus Food Pantry.


Website URL where information about the community garden is available:
Estimated number of individuals that use the institution’s community garden annually:
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