The OU Community Garden (map) is a gardening education program that offers participants an opportunity to learn where their food comes from and helps them to be better stewards of the environment by designing, cultivating, and harvesting the community garden. The program is designed to encourage participants to try new and healthier foods because they have the opportunity to eat the produce they grow as well as obtain exercise from tending to the garden.
The OU Fit+Rec Community Garden program aims to achieve these goals with participants:
- Increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables.
- Teach work ethic, cooperative learning, and team building skills.
- Develop gardening skills.
- Increase their environmental awareness.
The Fitness and Recreation staff lead the program activities and worked directly with participants. Participants are able to taste fresh fruits and vegetables, develop an outdoor garden, and engage in numerous hands-on activities related to nutrition and plant science.
Over 40 volunteers from seven departments campus-wide participated in the first year of the OU Fit+Rec Community Garden program, in 2010. The resounding success served as a precursor for a great and healthy future of this program.
Amy M. Davenport, Ph.D.
Director, Fitness and Recreation