Your connection to the University of Michigan-Dearborn | Fall 2018

An Edible Garden

A new garden near the Natural Sciences Building is worth putting on your radar.

There you’ll find an orchard filled with blueberries, cranberries, ginger, wild strawberries, apples and a cold-tolerant variety of kiwi that’s quickly climbing its way up a brick wall.

The menu of edible plantings may sound eclectic, but they have one important thing in common: They’re all perennials suited to permaculture gardening, designed around sustainability and self-sufficiency. And while it still may be a few years before the new orchard yields a big harvest, once it does, student and staff volunteers plan to deliver the produce to the Student Food Pantry.

So if you do pay a visit, look, touch, smell and admire. But try your hardest not to graze.

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