THE NANOOK GROWN program focuses on gardening education, making fresh produce accessible
to students and the community, and promoting locally grown foods. The program offers
events workshops and farm-to-table dinners thoughout the academic year. The largest
aspect of Nanook Grown is the Student Gardener Training Program (SGTP). Each summer
students can sign up to learn how to grow their own food from peer mentors that work
under the guidance of a horticulture professional. Excess produce grown by the program
is used at a weekly market tables on campus or donated to programs that feed community
members experiencing food insecurity. Produce staples grown and sold by the students
have include potatoes, peas, lettuce, strawberries and onions.
We are a proud member of THE HARVEST PROJECT COLLABORATIVE. The Harvest Project Collaborative (HPC) has been in operation since 2020 and includes the Georgeson Botanical Garden (GBG), the Vegetable Variety Trials program, the Office of Sustainability's Nanook Grown program, and the Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District. The mission is to build food resilience and food systems awareness in our community through donating fresh, locally grown produce to those in need, teaching people how to grow food, and empowering the next generation to be local change-makers for food sovereignty.