UNC’s Edible Campus initiative already has nine gardens scattered across campus and is planning on adding more this upcoming year.
The organization aims to educate members of the community on the food they are putting in their bodies and where it came from through a hands-on, edible method. Anyone walking on campus can pick and eat food from an Edible Campus garden.
Tony Mayer, horticulturist for Edible Campus, said their next big project will be a garden behind Davis Library.
“Our permanent hub site, which is behind Davis, is going to be ready by March this coming year,” he said.
Mayer says the garden will include traditional vegetable crops, berries, fruit trees, perennials, bushes and shrubs.
Emily Auerbach, the founder of Edible Campus, said it is crucial to know where your food comes from.
“First of all, you can look at the environmental impact of how food is conventionally grown. It’s one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the world. Understanding how to create a better system of food production is essential to being a responsible citizen,” Auerbach said.
“Beyond that, food production is essential to many of the labor problems that we face in the U.S., many of the gender inequity problems we face in the U.S.”