UNT Health Science Center Community Garden
The University of North Texas Health Science Center is a graduate school of healthcare professions located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District. The university’s mission is to create solutions for a healthier community, and the Office of Sustainability within Facilities Management supports that mission through its efforts focusing on public and environmental health.
In February 2014, the office launched a community garden on campus with the mission to enhance university and community engagement, promote sustainable food production, and educate on health and nutrition, environmental stewardship, and gardening techniques. The garden was funded by donations from 8 community and campus organizations totaling more than $5,700 in cash and in-kind donations. In addition, the Sustainability Committee, whose funds are from a student fee, voted in 2014 to give $14,000 to support the garden.
On February 15th, 40 volunteers came together to build the plots, fill them with soil, and mulch the paths. The garden has 16 4’ by 12’ plots with the capacity to grow to 35 plots by 2016. Gardeners are currently employees or students of the university, but next spring, when we add 10 additional plots, community members will be invited to garden plots.
The garden is organic so we do not use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and gardeners donate at least 25% of their yield to a local food bank. To date, we have donated over 60 lbs. of fresh produce. Furthermore, the garden focuses on education to adults and school children alike, and we have hosted over 200 children from local schools on educational tours.
Learn more about the UNTHSC Community Garden by visiting our website sustainability.unthsc.edu. If you’d like more information or to schedule a tour, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-735-2451.
By Sandy Bauman, Sustainability Coordinator, UNTHSC