FGCU Food Forest

The Food Forest is a student-run botanical garden which highlights tropical/subtropical edible species that grow well in South Florida.

The purpose of this garden is to provide the student body with the opportunity to learn about different types of edible and useful species from all over the world that can be grown in South Florida. Everyone is welcome to come to the Food Forest.

The Food Foresters (RSO) club meets weekly to share knowledge about permaculture and get hands-on experience. Service Learning hours are also readily available.

Combining engineering, ecology, horticulture, and design, the Food Forest is a truly creative interdisciplinary initiative that is for students, by students.  


How to get involved

How to get involved

The University Food Forest is a student run organization, and is overseen by the Food Forest Advisory Council (FFAC). 

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Permaculture design

Permaculture design is an ecological method of designing landscapes that blend lifestyle & geography.


Plant Identification

Plant Identification

Is that actually edible?? 

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The Food Forest is a student-led edible garden that specializes in the growth and maintenance of tropical/subtropical fruits and plants. The permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share are lived through the mission of the Food Forest which values community partnership, environmental sustainability and leadership. It is a free resource (faculty, staff, students, and community members alike) for everyone and serves as a place of peace from the hectic stressors of life. 

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.

Garden Etiquette for the Food Forest


The Food Forest is university property and is patrolled by the University Police Department.  If you notice anything call (239) 590-1900 or visit https://www2.fgcu.edu/UPD/index.html


Directions:  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.  

Food Forest location map

Meet the Staff:

Sam Headshot
Food Forest Coordinator
Office: By Appointment 
Phone: -
Andrew Headshot
Food Forest Coordinator
Office: By Appointment
Phone: -
Bo headshot
Food Forest Coordinator
Office: By Appointment
Phone: -
Department of Integrated Studies Chair 
Office: Reed Hall 203
Phone: 634 -264-6234



Jessi Headshot
Food Forest Advisor 
Office:   Reed Hall 201B
Phone:   239-754-4521



New Person
Food Forest Garden Manager  
Office:   TBA