Earth Ethics Institute

EEI Organic Gardens

Kendall Campus Organic Gardens

Located on the east side of Building 6, the organic gardens at Kendall Campus feature a variety of organic, edible plants and produce. Members of the MDC community have enjoyed harvesting and maintaining the gardens while learning about South Florida growing and sustainable gardening practices. Harvested produce is also donated to the campus' food pantry to serve those experiencing food insecurity in our community.

To learn more or volunteer, contact Netiva Kolitz,

North Campus Organic Garden

Located adjacent to the science complex, the organic garden at North campus features a variety of crops that are grown and harvested, then donated to the food pantry on campus to serve those in need. Volunteers can learn about gardening and growing food as well as horticulture and agro-ecology in South Florida.

To learn more or volunteer, contact Stephen Nesvacil,

Padrón Campus Gardens

Padrón Campus features several garden/green spaces:

David McGuirk Memorial Zen Garden: Located across from the employee parking lot (SW 6th Street), this Zen Garden in memorial of Associate Professor David McGuirk contains primarily plants native to our region, but also includes some food crops (collard greens, tomatoes, peppers, etc) -- including an aquaponics demonstration system.

MLK Butterfly Garden: Located at the corner of SW 6th Street and SW 25th Avenue (inside the employee parking lot), students, faculty, and staff created this garden in January 2022 as a way to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and help to improve the campus environment. The garden contains primarily native plants.

UrbanaSpace (Pine Rocklands Habitat): Located at the corner of SW 6th Street and SW 25th Avenue; Pine rocklands are a globally imperiled ecosystem native to Southeast Florida, with plant and animal species found nowhere else. After winning a Public Space Challenge offered by The Miami Foundation, Padrón Campus transformed part of its landscaping into pine rockland habitat.

To learn more or volunteer, contact Dr. Mark Tirpak,