Volunteering to Career Paths: Student Leadership in Community Food Systems

Wayne State University

Founded in 2008 with a Ford Motor Company C3 grant, Sustainable Food Systems Education & Engagement in Detroit & Wayne State University (SEED Wayne) is a campus community collaborative dedicated to building sustainable food systems on Wayne State’s campus and in Detroit area neighborhoods. Its goals are, to:

  • Increase access to and consumption of fresh and healthy foods, especially by lowincome and vulnerable populations
  • Link local growers with local eaters
  • Increase community capacity to create a sustainable and just food system (through activities in agriculture, community nutrition, healthy food access and retail, food system policy and planning, and others)
  • Develop student leadership in sustainable and just food systems

Below are a few of the images of student leadership in SEED Wayne activities on campus and in the community. The additional $10,000 we are seeking will go to fund campus and community activities consistent with SEED Wayne goals, that are led by Wayne State student groups or organizations.

Photo Credit: Jena Smoyer, June 10, 2015
Pictured in the above image are Jake Grobbel (left) and Adam Keelan. Grobbel is a mechanical engineering major while Keelan studies fine arts and music, both at Wayne State. Both are members of the DIG (Detroit Industrial Garden) group, which now independently maintains the Warrior Garden built by SEED Wayne in the first round of the Ford Motor Company C3 grant program in 2008. They are selling produce grown on campus at the Wayne State Farmers Market, also a project of SEED Wayne, also founded in 2008. Photographer Jena Smoyer is an art and art history major at Wayne State.

Photo Credit: Tanya Troy, July 1, 2014
Featured in the image are Jasmine Vickers (green t-shirt), member of the Public Health Student Organization and graduate student of public health, and participants in the Go-Girl program. A SEED Wayne partner, PHSO, led a nutrition workshop and healthy eating activity on Wayne State’s campus. To learn more about Go-Girl, browse: http://gogirls.wayne.edu/.

Photo Credit: Sareen Papakhian, May 11, 2013
Gardeners working in the Hazel Park Community Garden, whose development was supported by SEED Wayne, working in partnership with the Wayne State Student Urban Planners.

Photo Credit: SEED Wayne, May 24, 2013
Public Health Student Organization member and public health graduate student Tanya Troy (far corner of room) leads seniors in a light physical activity prior to a healthy eating workshop at Hannan House in midtown. PHSO is a SEED Wayne student organization partner.