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Community-Rooted Organic Produce Services (CROPS)
CROPS is a collaborative effort between the Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy at Miami Dade College which began in 2009. The goal of CROPS is to offer quality, healthy, chemical free (certified organic) food (locally or regionally grown when possible) to the MDC community. In addition CROPS hopes to educate the Miami Dade College community about the importance of  consuming organic produce

EEI works with Verde Farm, offers only local produce and is operating out of the Kendall Campus.
We have bi-monthly distribution which starts in the Fall Semester and continues through April. 

CROPS has served as many as 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 all 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

Service Learning Opportunities in Collaboration with CROPS

Service Learning Projects

CROPS Recipe Blog
Nutritional Guides

Quality of Life
Lunch and Learn

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
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