Coinciding with April as International Earth Month, the Florida A&M University (FAMU)h Sustainability Institute held several events to encourage the community to celebrate, learn about, and connect with our local environment.
Events were capped with an “Earth Month Celebration at the SEED” on Friday, April 27, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., at FAMU’s campus garden and outdoor sustainability classroom located at 447 West Osceola St., adjacent to the Tookes Recreation Center and the FAMU Marching “100” practice field.
SEED, which stands for Sustainability Education and Engagement Destination, is an outdoor living and learning space where students, faculty, staff, and com
munity members participate in growing food plants, pollinators, and fruits; composting and building soil, and engaging in various workshops to learn about sustainable living.
The FAMU community is invited weekly to utilize the space, join in on regular gardening times, host educational opportunities, and enjoy the space for refreshment and leisure. The SEED, formerly known as the FAMU the Eco-Classroom, is a product of FAMU’s winnings from the 2016 Home Depot Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant competition, during which the University was awarded $30,000 to develop a space that promotes sustainability.
The April 27 celebration featured a dedication and ribbon cutting by FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., as well as garden tours, performances, and information about sustainable living opportunities. The program also included a “Water Dance” and spoken word performance. FAMU’s student-operated Green Coalition offered garden tours and tastings, and other campus organizations were on hand to share information about recycling, nutrition, and bicycling on campus.