Sustainable Food Initiatives

The University of Utah is committed to improving access to healthy and sustainable food on campus. Through various programs, courses and events, the Sustainability Office works with campus partners to bring food issues to the attention of the broader community.

The Sustainability Office organizes and advises student groups and programs related to sustainable food systems.  We work to support students in their efforts to participate in their local food system and provide students with resources to make conscious choices about food.

If you are interested in participating in your local food system, but aren’t sure how, please reach out to the Sustainability Office and we will help find the best opportunity for you, or help create a new one.

The Sustainable Food Systems team has developed an action plan defining short and long-term goals for the next five years. Check out the Action Plan here.

Interested in getting involved?

Check out the food systems-related programs and groups that are supported by the Sustainability Office:

Edible Campus Gardens – The Edible Campus Gardens are on-campus growing spaces utilized by the campus community to build our urban food system. The garden is a positive example of alternative agriculture, and provide a learning, living laboratory for students, staff, and faculty. Our Edible Campus Garden 2040 Master Plan provides more detail on the long-term vision for the gardens.

University of Utah Farmers Market – The University of Utah Farmers Market links local growers and artisans with the campus community to provide access to community-based goods on a yearly basis. The Farmers Market runs each fall semester for the first seven weeks.

Real Food Challenge – In 2014, the University signed a commitment to participate in the national Real Food Challenge and to shift campus food purchasing to include 20 percent Real Food. In 2018, the U achieved a 15 percent Real Food purchase level.

U of U Slow Food – The Slow Food Student Chapter addresses issues of food justice, access, local food systems and more.

Hydroponics Club – Housed within the Lassonde Studios, the hydroponics club grows fresh greens without any soil through innovative systems built in-house. Email the club’s leadership for more info.


Check out these other food-related groups and projects happening on campus:



Support the Edible Campus Gardens