Northland’s Mino Aki Garden Program, which translates as “Good Earth” in Ojibwe, is one of Northland’s oldest student-led initiatives. It has since evolved into a robust program whose mission is threefold:
- to propagate, nurture, and harvest organic food
- demonstrate ecological and regionally appropriate food systems
- provide living laboratories that broaden student’s academic experience
We are continuing to strengthen and build our thematic gardens or “living laboratories.” Creating manageable cross-sections of larger food production systems on campus provides demonstration and research opportunities for our students without the burden of significant capitalization requirements.
The Mino Aki Garden Program also provides many campus work-study positions, including garden production and garden planning and development.