NJIT is one of several New Jersey colleges and universities experimenting with growing their own organic food. Kean University in Union Township and Fairleigh Dickinson University in Florham Park recently started similar organic gardens. Seton Hall University and Bergen Community College are talking about joining the trend within the next year.

All of the schools like the idea of providing their campus with locally grown food while also creating a living classroom for students to study the science of organic gardening, said Julianne Aiello, director of sustainability and marketing for Gourmet Dining, the food service company that oversees the dining halls at NJIT and other area colleges.

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