The Dietetics and Nutrition Garden provides students and faculty the opportunity to educate patients and the community on the importance of vegetables and herbs to promote optimal health! In addition to the educational and research opportunity it provides, the garden offers a nice gathering space for the University of Kansas Medical Center community.
While our first year with the garden was a success, we are looking to grow, and not just plants! Last year, we planted in May and were producing vegetables and herbs until December. We had four active faculty members and a small student group assisting in the care and management of the area. Currently, our garden provides 13 raised beds loaded with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, basil, thyme, rosemary and much more.
As we aim to upgrade our garden, we are focusing on three specific improvements:
Please consider a gift of any size to help these improvements become a reality for our garden so we can increase garden-based nutrition and health education in our community!
The mission of the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Kansas Medical Center is to educate future dietitians and conduct profound research in areas such as pregnancy and maternal health, cancer, obesity, nutrition literacy and Alzheimer’s.
A gift of $10 would allow us to purchase herbs to plant in the raised beds.
A gift of $20 would allow us to purchase vegetables to plant in the raised beds.
A gift of $50 would allow us to create and install signage to tell visitors about the educational and research benefits of the garden, as well as how they can get involved.
A gift of $100 would allow us to purchase garden tools to assist with planting and maintaining the garden.
A gift of $250 would allow us to purchase picnic tables or benches to make the space more enjoyable for patients, students, faculty, staff and community members visiting the garden.