Food Insecurity and the UT Microfarm
GEO371T students learned about the UT Microfarm, the University of Texas at Austin’s first student-led organic and sustainable urban farm. Alicia Rusthoven, GEO371T student, works at the farm and gave the class an interesting look into farm management and goals the farm seeks to accomplish. For instance, a 2020 survey found that 42% percent of UT students experience food insecurity. The UT student population is only 8% away from being 50% food insecure, which means UT has a problem. In response, the UT Microfarm has partnered with UT Outpost, a free food and professional clothing resource for students by donating their organic produce to increase student accessibility to fresh, healthy food. On a larger scale, the UT Microfarm seeks to address larger health issues caused by food deserts – obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, and even increased risk of cancer. Change starts with action, and the UT Microfarm encourages everyone to take action through volunteering for the good of all.