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Community-Rooted Organic Produce Services (CROPS)
CROPS was a collaborative effort between the Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) and the Center for Community Involvement at Miami Dade College from 2009 - 2014. The goal of CROPS was to offer quality, healthy, chemical free (certified organic) food (locally or regionally grown when possible) to the MDC community. In addition CROPS hoped to educate the Miami Dade College community about the importance of  consuming organic produce

In the time CROPS operated, it served over 150 members annually at seven MDC campuses.

Since CROPS was established in 2009, several local, organic food initiatives became available in the Miami area and EEI no longer felt the need to offer organic produce at the college campuses. To view how CROPS worked from 2009-2014, go to the CROPS historical page.

Currently, EEI will be offering organic seedlings for sale for those who want to organic garden.
For more information about CROPS seedling sales and availability, contact Heidi Lellelid at 305-237-7119 or at

For more information contact Colleen Ahern-Hettich at or  305-237-3796

Service Learning Opportunities in Collaboration with CROPS

Service Learning Projects

CROPS Recipe Blog
Nutritional Guides

Newsletters by Campuses
CROPS Newsletters 2009-2011

Organic Food

Organic food is agriculture grown without the use of chemicals, artificial additives, or treatments, such as conventional pesticides, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. Farmers focus on using renewable resources and conserving soil and water in order to sustain the environment. Organic farmers use natural fertilizers such as manure and compost. There are many health and environmental benefits to eating organic. Learn more about organic food

Miami-Dade County Farmers Markets and Local Food


Resource Links
For new applicants, returning applicants, and applicants updating their information, the application can be accessed here*. There is also a compilation of nutritional information on various fruits and vegetables, along with recipes. For resources, there are books and videos we recommended that pertains to agriculture, health and the environment, along with websites related to agriculture and food. You can also contact us by email.



Earth Ethics Institute • An Earth Literacy Resource Center Serving MDC Administrators, Faculty, Staff,  and Students, as well as the South Florida Community
Miami Dade College 300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Room 3506-11, Miami, FL 33132-2204 t: 305-237-3796 • f: 305-237-7724