The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

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about us

Cultivating Community is a student program of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum that offers hands-on experiences in sustainable food systems through small-scale organic gardening, field trips to local food-related projects, and workshops on various aspects of sustainable food production and consumption.

CC Volunteers planting the garden

Cultivating Community has an on-campus garden located at the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning at 1024 Hill Street, where students can come for drop-in workdays and workshops on various topics. Cultivating Community uses no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Students who visit the garden learn about organic methods of pest control and soil fertility enhancement, such as crop rotation, companion planting, and composting.

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