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April 2, 2019, Miami Shores, Florida – The Barry University FairShare Project provides community members, faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to purchase assorted non-certified organic fruit, vegetables, and herbs harvested by a cooperative of South Florida farmers. Purchases provide revenue directly to small farmers who practice sustainable agriculture.
This new initiative is part of the Barry Urban Garden (BUG), a community agriculture project that provides organic produce to low-income residents of Miami neighborhoods categorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as urban food deserts.
Campus and community members work together to implement projects within the framework of the initiative, which offers experiential learning opportunities to students and engaged scholarship opportunities to faculty members.
The project also encourages healthy eating among young people in low-income neighborhoods of Miami-Dade County. Barry students are involved in the harvesting, marketing, and distribution of the produce.