Georgia Impact Health & Wellness

Bringing local produce from ‘Farm to Campus’

A team of students looking to address local food insecurity turned part of the University of Georgia’s campus into a farmers market for few days this spring.

Farm to Campus Market took locally grown produce and sold it on the Miller Learning Center south lawn on Wednesdays in March and April. Proceeds supported the Food as Real Medicine, or FARM Rx, program, which supports Athens-area food-insecure families.

Beyond the fruit and vegetables on sale, the market had a real community farmers market feel with cooking demonstrations from UGA Dining Services, an interactive art tent and art on display from Lamar Dodd students, as well as information booths hosted by UGA organizations dedicated to advancing sustainability and eliminating food insecurity in Athens.

The founders of the Farm to Campus Market project — Abraham Lebos, a psychology and biochemistry and molecular biology major, and Reese MacMillan, who’s majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology — hope to keep the market going in future semesters.

Funding for the initiative came from the UGA Campus Sustainability Grants program.

Read more about the origins of the programs here.