The Academic Bistro Garden is an organic culinary garden established in 2001 with the intent to educate Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management majors on producing, preparing and serving homegrown food. In recent years, having been joined by Food Science graduate students and Culinary Science undergraduate majors, interest in the garden has expanded to Drexel students of other majors, and the community as a whole.
Our raised beds of deep fertile soil are prepared, planted, maintained, and harvested by Drexel students under the direction of instructors of the popular “The Kitchen Garden” course. The produce and herbs from the Bistro Garden are utilized in culinary lab courses, and in student menu creations designed for service to the public in the Academic Bistro, Goodwin’s student run restaurant.
All students in our culinary arts and food service facilities participate in garden production and utilization by regularly composting organic waste used as a soil amendment, and incorporating the unique and rare items developed from the garden. Our ambitious gardeners of the “Kitchen Garden” course have also developed and built systems for capturing and safely storing rain water for irrigation.
The dedication of our students and faculty are testimony to Goodwin’s vision of using academics as a platform for education on sustainability and utilization of natural resources.