The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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mission & goals

  • Our Mission:

  • Flower at the Ginsberg Center garden, photo taken by CC volunteer Fuat Dundar
Empower and educate University of Michigan students to become leaders in the area of community food systems through hands-on organic gardening, community outreach, and volunteer activities.
  • Our Goals:
  • Provide hands-on education for UM student volunteers at our demonstration gardens, where students can practice small-scale organic growing methods including composting, ecological pest management, and space saving techniques.
  • Introduce Cultivating Community student volunteers to a variety of local food system organizations and businesses-- local farms, community gardens, and urban agriculture projects-- through field trips and community service.
  • Offer workshops for student volunteers about preparing and preserving local fresh foods, composting, container gardening, and other topics of interest.
  • Educate the public about small-scale urban gardening and local food systems through demonstration gardens, signage, and the Cultivating Community website.

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