IUPUI students maintain two urban gardens on our campus: The New York Street Garden located across from the intersection of Lansing Street and New York Street and the Central Garden, located between the University Library and Science Building. These organic gardens produce a variety of vegetables and herbs for use by our campus sponsor, IUPUI Food Services, and in the IUPUI Campus Kitchens project. These gardens demonstrate urban gardening and sustainable gardening techniques.
Here's how you can get your hands dirty:
Members of the IUPUI Community interested in getting involved in the IUPUI gardening experience can contact the student organization DIGS, Developing IUPUI Gardens Sustainably (DIGS).
DIGS manages the IUPUI Central Garden, the New York Street Garden, and assists with oversight of the Center for Young Children Gardens on the IUPUI campus. DIGS has an ongoing collaboration with IUPUI Food Services by providing them with the summer and fall harvest. The IUPUI Food Services engaged with the urban garden program to offer farm-to-table menu items in the IUPUI Campus Center and the Tower Dining Facility. This partnership provides annual financial support to the DIGS organization for continued maintenance and support of the campus gardening efforts.
IUPUI's Fresh Produce Market takes place from 11am-2pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month and is hosted by IUPUI Food Services at the Campus Center Food Court (first floor). The market has a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Along with cooking demonstrations, limited tasting and recipes will be available for your palate's delight.
IUPUI Food Services has been a partner for all food related sustainability initiatives on campus. For example: IUPUI Produce Market, The IUPUI Campus Kitchen, and the IUPUI Urban Gardens.
Paw's Pantry is a student run food pantry run through Community Service & Civic Engagement (CSCE) in partnership with SOAR, the Student Organization for Alumni Relations. In November of 2011, Jenn Boldig and the SOAR student directors at the time, were inspired by a news story on student food pantries popping up across the United States. After doing the research of whether or not we needed a pantry, work began on getting approval and support from the campus, and finding funding and space.