The Florida Gulf Coast University Food Forest, located near the Kleist Health Center, was an initiative of the FGCU Student Government. In the 2010-2011 academic year, the FGCU Student Government provided significant funding and support in order to establish the Food Forest. Likewise, the University administration provided a plot of land and additional support.
The Food Forest is a physical manifestation of the university’s commitment to sustainability and to innovative education and offers the opportunity for the empowerment of students, alumni, staff, faculty, and community members to shift our lifeways towards practices that are local, seasonal, and nutritious. Ultimately, the Food Forest models a more wholesome, connected way of teaching, learning, and collaborating, one that reconnects us to Earth and to each other.
The FGCU Food Forest works to advance the mission of the university through offering unique and innovative educational and service learning opportunities for students, alumni, staff, faculty, and community members and through enhancing awareness of sustainable food production and whole food nutrition. Furthermore, the Food Forest seeks to elevate the environmental sustainability of the institution through providing organic fruits and vegetables to the campus and southwest Florida communities. Ultimately, through engaging the hands, hearts, and minds of students, alumni, staff, faculty, and community members, the Food Forest will offer a space for the cultivation of lifelong learning and for a commitment to sustainable food and living practices.
Food Forest Advisory Council
Ongoing oversight of the Food Forest has been delegated to the Florida Gulf Coast University Food Forest Advisory Council (FFAC). The purpose of the FFAC is to provide coordination across all areas of the University for the Food Forest and to create a partnership of students, faculty, staff, and community members to allow the Food Forest to thrive.
Food Forest Website
Further information, including information about service learning, FFAC meetings, and Food Foresters meetings, can be found at the FGCU Food Forest website.
The FGCU Food Forest is located off of the main FGCU entrance road, just past the Sugden Welcome Center and next to the Kleist Health Center.