The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics will host the first Annual Garden to Table Fundraiser October 11 from 4:00 to 6:30 in the Saint Louis University Teaching Garden.
The fundraiser is a food and wine/beer pairing featuring dishes with fresh, local ingredients, prepared by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics’ chef-instructors. The event will highlight the Nutrition & Dietetics programs, garden tours, live music by The Thin Dimes, as well as a silent auction. Registration is $75 for you and a guest or $30 for students. All proceeds will benefit the garden.
Over the last 10 years, the garden has been a focal point for a number of programs and initiatives at Saint Louis University including the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics; Fresh Gatherings Café; Gardens to Tables Culinary Camp; Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology; the Department of Biology; the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; the Program in Physical Therapy and the College for Public Health & Social Justice. In addition, the garden’s influence extends beyond the academic community to the St. Louis community through the Urban Orchard (link to Urban Orchard article), the City Garden Montessori School Farm-to-Lunch Program, Start to Actively Recycle Today, the Healthy Eating Local Produce Program, Fresh Gatherings Harvest and many other programs.
The Saint Louis University Garden has been fulfilling its mission to improve access to healthy, local foods by providing nutrition and gardening education to the Saint Louis community since its establishment in 2002. The teaching garden serves as a positive learning environment for SLU students and Saint Louis City community members interested in understanding the principles and practices of organic gardening. Participants gain hands on experience learning how local and sustainable food production leads to improved food security while setting higher standards of individual health. These lessons inspire participants to incorporate sustainable practices into their personal and professional lives, furthering our garden’s commitment to healthy and vibrant communities that support local agriculture.