The “Produced by Us” Program aims to promote domestic supply by selling fresh, safe produce from our own farms and facilities on campus each week. Thus, all produce from the minimarket has traceability and a low carbon footprint.
It also provides a real work experience for students, allowing them to see how their academic practices can be implemented into market and business projects.
Join us to learn more about our community minimarket in this photo essay by Ariana Quirós (’16, Costa Rica).
Since 1990, students have been producing vegetables during their Work Experience course in order to meet the demand of the University cafeteria.
The vegetable are grown in the institutional gardens and since 1993, the produce has also been sold in an open area near the cafeteria.
The “Produced by Us” Program began in 2007 with the initiative to produce crops in non-traditional ways outside of the field. This idea was realized in 2009 with the construction of the Peri-urban Garden, which simulates urban environments and teaches students first how to grow produce under plastic roofs, and later how to grow hydroponically.
In 2010, a growing emphasis on self-sufficiency gave way to the concept of our very own campus minimarket.
If you visit EARTH University on a Wednesday, stop by the minimarket to buy fruit and vegetables processed within the university. Not only will you recieve fresh and traceable produce, but you will be contributing to the self sufficiency of the university and its students.
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