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Urban Garden

Saint Louis University’s garden was established in 2002 to address the disconnect between the food people eat and their knowledge of where it originated. It has been fulfilling its mission to improve access to healthy, local foods by providing nutrition and garden education to the St. Louis community ever since. 

Gloved hands holding strawberries over a green patch of plants

SLU nutrition students have implemented a Gardens to Table program at seven inner-city schools across the St. Louis area.

SLU’s dietetic interns decide what is planted in the garden during their academic rotation. Additionally, the accessible garden bed serves as an education tool for special needs teachers and occupational and physical therapy students at Doisy College of Health Sciences.

In the summer months, the garden is home to a culinary camp where children learn about planting, harvesting and preparing food from the garden. Nutrition and dietetic students run the camp with help from occupational and physical therapy students, who aid any campers with disabilities.

The garden and its programs provide a positive learning environment for SLU students and the St. Louis community — so much so that it has been integrated into a nutrition education curriculum for St. Louis city schools. SLU’s dietetic interns work closely with educators to teach students about nutrition, gardening and physical activity. Gardens also are planted at the participating schools through a Gardens to Tables grant.