campus garden

Campus and medical center food purchases are on track to be 25% sustainable by 2016 and 30% by 2020. We are a Fair Trade University and one of the most "vegan-friendly" large schools.

Students can grow their own fruits and vegetables on campus.

Community Gardens

UC San Diego has several campus gardens and one San Diego community garden that promote education and the growth of sustainable food and local produce.

Eating Healthy, Organic, Locally-Grown Food on a Budget


  • Evaluate your options. Check out the natural foods section at the supermarket, or visit your local natural foods market. You’ll find many items that are comparably priced.
  • Buy seasonal produce. Local farmers' markets are a great source for fresh, seasonal produce.
  • Check for sales and coupons. Many natural products have coupons on the package that can be redeemed at checkout. Two great coupon websites are and
  • Buy in bulk. You can purchase grains, pastas, dried fruits and nuts in bulk isles at local grocery and natural foods stores. No matter how much you buy, you’re not paying for packaging.


Ongoing Projects

  • A Farmers Market brings fresh, locally grown produce to campus every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during academic quarters.
  • Housing & Dining Services’ Farm2U Program brings fresh, seasonal produce and goods to campus residences every Wednesday during academic quarters. Students can use Dining Dollars to purchase healthy local produce.
  • Students learn healthy cooking during weekly demonstrations at The Zone during academic quarters.
  • Sustainable Efforts by University Centers Food Vendors