The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui is proud to present our new community garden at UHMC, supported by Community Work Day, the Department of Water Supply, Ulupono Initative, and the Frost Family Foundation! Please join us in learning to grow your own food, increasing food security on Maui, and helping us build greater community on Maui.
We have transformed a drainage basin into a thriving, productive garden on the UHMC campus and a center for learning about food sustainability, rain gardens, home gardening and island food security.
1. Food Security: Increase food security in Maui County. Food security in Hawaii is of utmost importance to the Maui community as Maui is ~90% dependent on food imports for its food supply
2. Community Empowerment: Serve as a center for faculty and students to grow their own food, learn about sustainable agriculture, and bridge different areas of the community together.
3. Education: Provide students with hands-on tools for learning about sustainable agriculture and how to grow their own food. The garden will be integrated into areas of relevant curriculum.
4. Farm-to-School: Create a pathway for produce to more easily enter into the school food systems to support the health of the students, staff, and faculty.
All plots have timed irrigation and we can help with getting seeds started, composting and weeding initial plots. All Garden plots are open to college students and staff, as well as people in the community.
Communal plots are taken care of by all garden participants and SLIM staff. We grow herbs, bananas, papaya, medicinals and flowers so that plots can be focused on the more common vegetables and ground fruits.
SLIM, in collaboration with Roth Ecological Designs, also has completed a demonstration rain garden which is designed to treat and work with the incoming storm water to the site, recharging more than 270,000 gallons of water per year back into our aquifers instead of running off to our ocean nearby.
Throughout the year we also offer free and fee-based workshops on a variety of topics, including edible landscaping, pest management, composting and home gardening for beginners. Visit our SLIM Garden Facebook page for up-to-date events: www.facebook.com/SLIMCommunityGarden
The garden is always in need of donated items including:
On UH Maui College Campus:
The garden is located in between the Kupa’a Building, the College of Agriculture training field, the main campus parking lot, and Wahine Pi’o Avenue, shown by the red box below.