Organic produce, homemade treats available each month at UTRGV Farmers Market
February 22, 2018 Edinburg, Texas
Suzanne El-Haj and Martha Garcia, co-presidents of the UTRGV Environmental Awareness Club, spearhead the monthly UTRGV Farmers Market, open to students and the public alike and held outside the chapel on the Edinburg Campus.
Students and faculty enjoyed looking at and purchasing locally grown spinach, kale, cabbage and squashes, donated to the club by PPC Farms and other organic growers in the valley. Lois Kim, representing PPC Farms, interacted with students who where curious where the farms were located in the Rio Grande Valley. The shoppers received deep satisfaction in knowing who grew and where their food was coming from.
Also available for purchase were eggs from local free range chicken raised on non-soy feed and vegan baked treats.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.
UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.