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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.

Grow at UCSD

Contact us by email, sustain@ucsd.edu, or on Facebook,  Grow @ UCSD.

Community Art Terrace

Mission
Our mission at the CAT Garden is to incorporate gardening, education and social justice in an outdoor learning environment to develop aware students that understand the connectedness of communal wellbeing, sustainable practices and a sense of environmental responsibility.

Location
Sixth College (NTPLLN), Kaleidoscope, Floor 7

Instagram
@catgardenatsixth

How to Get Involved
Join Sixth College CoBoard! Active members are invited to participate in the garden. GBMs are held Mondays at 7 p.m. Message our instagram or email for more information. Instagram: @sixthcoboard

Contact
catgardensixthcollege@gmail.com, 6coboard@gmail.com

 Community Art Terrace

Ellie's Garden

Mission
By creating and maintaining a communal garden in Eleanor Roosevelt College, we strive to share gardening and life-long sustainable practices, involve people in the slow food process and create a greener ERC community. Watch the video.

Location
Eleanor Roosevelt College Victory Plot near Africa Hall and The Farm near Europe Halls (map)

Meetings and Gardening Sessions
Meeting times and gardening sessions change each academic quarter.  Visit us online or contact us for current schedule.

Facebook
Ellie’s Garden

Instagram
@elliesgardenerc

Contact
elliesgardenERC@gmail.com

Ellie's Garden

Marshall Community Garden

Mission
As guided by the philosophy of Thurgood Marshall College, to develop the scholar and the citizen, the Community Garden will serve as an opportunity to learn about social responsibility through sustainable living, an outdoor study area and a means to develop a close-knit Marshall community.

Location
Next to Fireside Lounge (map)

Meetings
Meeting times change each academic quarter.  Visit us online or contact us for current schedule.

Facebook
Marshall Community Garden

Contact
marshallcommunitygarden70@gmail.com

For fastest response to quick questions, message us at our outreach GroupMe.

Marshall Community Garden

Mesa Nueva Garden

Location
East of the Marea Building and north of the Central Mesa Large Playground

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MNCommunityGarden

Contact
Mesa Nueva Central Housing Office, mesanueva@ucsd.edu

Muir Half Moon Meadow

Mission
Muir’s Half Moon Meadow is a community garden that provides a space and the opportunity for students to learn gardening skills, enjoy some plants and grow their own food while also encouraging sustainable life-long practices.

Location
Muir College next to Middle of Muir and the Tamarack Apartments (map)

Meetings
Our meeting time changes every quarter. Contact us for updated schedules.

Instagram
Follow us for regular updates @plants.gardening.

Contact
muirshalfmoonmeadow@gmail.com

Half Moon Meadow

Native Garden & Monarch Butterfly Habitat

Ocean View Growing Grounds (OVGG)

Mission
To transform a large privately owned vacant lot in Southeast San Diego into a community garden.

Location
4540 Ocean View Blvd., San Diego (map)

Volunteer Hours
Saturdays, 9–11 a.m.

Facebook
Ocean View Growing Grounds

Contact
ovgrowinggrounds@gmail.com

Ocean View Growing Grounds

Roger’s Urban Farmlab

Mission
We are a student space and resource for students, staff, faculty and alumni to come together to learn about agriculture, organic gardening and sustainability. We support all student projects and provide land for growing your own food. Watch the video.

Location
Quarter acre south of the Che Cafe and East of the Wagner Dance Studios (map)

Garden Volunteer Hours
Sundays, 10 a.m. to noon

Facebook
Roger's Community Garden at UCSD

Contact
rogerscommunitygarden@gmail.com

Roger's Community Garden

SERF Urban Patio

Location
Fourth floor balcony on the south and east sides of Science and Engineering Research Facility

Contact
Angela Berti

News
Galaxy Gardener

 SERF Urban Garden

South Mesa Garden

Location
South of Mesa Housing 9142 South

Contact
Mesa Nueva Central Housing Office, mesanueva@ucsd.edu

Mesa Nueva Garden

Student Center Garden

At the Student Center Garden, everything grown is edible. It is a sustainable garden that offers fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables to students through the Triton Food Pantry. The garden also serves as a quiet place for reflection for visitors. 

Contact
University Center Sustainability, ucensustain@ucsd.edu

Location
Patio below the LGBT Resource Center

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/UniversityCenters/

Torrey Pines Edible Garden

Mission
To grow healthy food onsite in order to combat food insecurity and build community in UCSD transfer student housing.

Location
The Village West, next to the BBQ area

Volunteer Hours
Mon/Wed/Fri, 4 p.m.

Facebook
Torrey Pines Edible Garden

Instagram
@tpegucsd

Contact
Nia Page
Cristian Tharin

Torrey Pines Edible Garden

Warren Grow

Mission
We aim to build a community where students work to create, maintain and explore sustainable food systems through sustainable agriculture.

Location 
Between the Student Activity Center and Goldberg Hall

Meetings
Every Wednesday from 6–7 p.m. via Zoom, with link posted on Facebook

Workdays/Volunteer Hours
Due to COVID-19 regulations, please send us a Facebook message or email us to organize volunteering!

Facebook 
EarlsGarden2018.ucsd

Email 
warrengrow18@gmail.com

 Warren Grow

UC San Diego's Thousand Tree Initiative

Many counties and municipalities are becoming aware of the importance of healthy and abundant tree canopies. In addition to serving as the most important component in the fight against climate change, trees provide oxygen, food, shade, wildlife habitat and incalculable aesthetic value.

UC San Diego has committed to surveying and maintaining all campus trees. Part of that goal includes planting 1,000 trees on campus over the next three years. UC San Diego Sustainability launched the Thousand Tree Initiative on October 18, 2019 by planting two California Redwoods, Sequoia sempervivens, on the green at Eleanor Roosevelt College. Redwoods are the tallest trees on Earth, standing up to 376 feet high and can live up to 2,000 years. They are California's state tree and provide an excellent, sustainable lumber source.

Campus Tree Tours and Plantings

Take your appreciation of UC San Diego to new heights! Join us for Tree Tours, a monthly lunchtime walk, where you can learn about unique trees on campus. Arborists will share how they grow many kinds of trees and how trees make UC San Diego a vibrant place to work and learn. For tour details, see Staff Sustainability Network.

Arbor Day tree planting

2020 Arbor Day Tree Planting

Facilities Management Landscaping staff planted three Torrey Pine saplings on Friday, April 24 (during the COVID-19 shutdown) behind Geisel Library. View photo album

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