Student-run garden at FIU named ‘People’s Garden’

FIU’s Organic Garden, which is located at Modesto A. Maidique Campus and run by FIU students and faculty/staff, was named a “People’s Garden” on April 9 by Vladimir Diaz, a USDA local official.

The special recognition is accorded to community gardens across the United States, an initiative started by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last year to promote sustainable, healthy and local community food production in the country.

FIU students and faculty/staff received the "People's Garden" designation from the USDA April 9.

Thanks to the FIU Garden Club, student leaders and a 2008 grant from the USDA NIFA Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grant, the Organic Garden at FIU is the first People’s Garden on any university campus in South Florida.

“If you haven’t visited the garden lately, please do,” said associate professor Mahadev Bhat. “It looks great now with the onset of the spring weather.”

The Miami Herald Neighbors section recently ran an article about the garden and those who maintain it. For more on the garden, check out Doug Garland’s video below.

The Peoples Garden from Doug Garland on Vimeo.

The FIU Organic Garden from Doug Garland on Vimeo.