Food

Food systems play a key role social, environmental and economic goals of sustainability. Campus dining partnerships, academic programs and research initiatives offer innovative solutions to address food sustainability at UF and in the broader Gainesville community.

UF Dining Services serves plate of food to student

Gator Dining Services

Gator Dining Services is working to incorporate sustainability into their food offerings and their business practices.  Both dining halls on campus – the Fresh Food Company and Gator Corner Dining Center – and the catering service are working to source locally grown food and offer vegan and vegetarian options at every meal.

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Beets and carrots on display in a farmers market

Gator CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

In a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, local consumers become farm members by paying a given amount of money at the beginning of the season, either as a lump sum or as installments. With the Gator CSA, you can join a local farm and receive fresh produce all season long (October through June).

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Field and Fork Pantry Entrance

Field and Fork Program

The Field & Fork Program is an overarching resource for individuals seeking to learn more about gardening, food systems and food sustainability on UF campus and beyond. Through the on-campus food pantry and a long list of campus partners, the Field & Fork program is actively addressing food sustainability concerns and learning opportunities.

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UF Student Gardens with filled green fields as the sun sets in the background

Campus Gardening

In addition to the Field & Fork Program, there are several ways to get involved with gardening on campus:

Gator Gardening Club

Join the Gator Gardening Club and get involved in the production and management of the Student Garden. Members will work on growing a diverse selection of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers for themselves and for people in need in our community.
UF Organic Garden

There is also the UF Organic Garden located on SW 23rd Terrace, about ¼ mile south of Archer Road. Members of the cooperative plant vegetables and flowers of their choice on their plots, and are responsible for up-keep. They are expected to practice organic gardening methods and to participate in community workdays several times each semester. Garden plots are available to UF students and employees as well as non-UF members of the community.
Ethnoecology Society

The Ethnoecology Society also maintains a demonstration garden, which highlights native and traditional food crops.
Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Club

The purpose of the Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Club is to provide education through advocating alternative agricultural practices and methods, demonstrating fundamentals of agroecosystems and sustainable food systems to foster the awareness of social and environmental concerns to the University of Florida students and the local community.

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