Our teaching farm is based at Florida International University, a large research institution in the heart of Miami, Florida. The Urban Vegetable Project started as an educational initiative within Upward Bound Math-Science, a program funded by the Department of Education that is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating high school students throughout the country. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in math and science professions.
The Urban Vegetable Project's teaching program aims to highlight the ways the agricultural sciences apply several STEM disciplines and to present the agricultural sciences as viable professions for Miami's high schoolers. Using hands-on education, students have the opportunity to study the biology, botany, and chemistry of crop cultivation, the mathematics behind farm design, and the business of farm management.