Healthy Communities

Urban Garden Initiative

The St. Thomas University/Live Healthy Miami Gardens Urban Garden Initiative (STU/MG UGI) is a 5-year program aimed at integrating university teaching and research resources into organic food production, agricultural/environmental education on the STU campus, and agricultural/environmental education coupled with healthy eating programs in the Miami Gardens Community.

STU Student Learning:

Philosophy/Ethics: Environmental ethics, integral ecology, consequentialism and food production.

Science – Plant Science/Plant Biology: Research/Field Studies using the scientific method (ex. Vermicomposting project), and agronomical skills.

Business: Social Entrepreneurship/management.

Education: Elementary and secondary science-education.

Live Healthy Miami Gardens

LHMG’s ultimate goal is to improve the living conditions in the City of Miami Gardens and make it a healthier place to live.  LHMG is designed to develop, implement and sustain effective community-level health strategies for the following Health Impact Areas: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD); Healthy Eating and Improved Nutrition; Mental Health; Physical Activity; and Primary Health Care.