MIAMI — Miami Dade College’s Miami Culinary Institute will host the grand opening of its organic edible garden at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14 at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

The garden was created on about a one-third-acre site by Natural Greenscape and is being described as a “living pantry” that provides the   eco-friendly organization with a blend of technology, sustainability and quality education.

Miami Culinary Institute students will reap the first “harvest” from the  garden which will be used in the daily menus for the MCI Café, Alphabite Food Truck and the college’s new restaurant concept which will open in the fall.

A college statement said that in accordance with certified organic farming methods, the institute is committed to a “seed to table to soil” program by recycling waste and refuse into nutrient-rich compost that will be returned to the garden to condition and fertilize the soil, creating a self-sustaining environment.

The garden also supports the institute’s commitment to using locally grown products. 

The institute opened earlier this year as the only regional public option for culinary studies and a curriculum rooted in sustainability, housed in a state-of-the art “green” building.

The opening of the garden will take place at the Wolfson Campus, immediately west of Building 7, at the corner of Northeast First Avenue and Sixth Street.

For more information, call 305-237-3276 or visit