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Organic Edible Garden Blooms at Miami Dade College’s Miami Culinary Institute


Miami, July 14, 2011 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) today celebrated the grand opening of its organic edible garden with a ceremony that included the first “harvest” of the garden.

Created on a one-third of an acre site by Natural Greenscape, this living pantry provides the MCI with a perfect blend of technology, sustainability, and world-class education. The fruits, vegetables and herbs grown here will be used by culinary students in their classes, in the Institute’s café and Alphabite Food Truck, and eventually, the college’s innovative new restaurant concept, which will open in the fall.

The organic edible garden articulates MCI’s curriculum and entrepreneurial spirit through a strategically designed and executed ecosystem of sustainable plantings. In accordance with certified organic farming methods, the Institute is committed to a “seed to table to soil” program by recycling waste and appropriate refuse into nutrient-rich compost that will be returned to the garden to condition and fertilize the soil, creating a truly self-sustaining environment. The garden also demonstrates the MCI’s commitment to using locally grown products from the new garden and also local growers.

“This garden speaks to the uniqueness of the Miami Culinary Institute. It truly reflects our commitment to sustainability and our community,” said MDC President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

The garden’s design by Natural Greenscape, a South Florida eco-friendly organization rooted in organic farming and edible landscapes, welcomes students and visitors into its inspirational ambiance via a walking path that extends past intimate picnic tables and benches.

The MCI officially opened to lots of fanfare, community support and accolades earlier this year providing the only regional public option for culinary studies and a curriculum totally steeped and rooted in sustainability. In its state-of-the art and “green” building, it provides dynamic programming for students, enthusiasts and the workforce in the restaurant and hospitality industries. 

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