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Food Garden

Welcome to the homepage of the CSUN Food Garden!

About the Garden

The CSUN food garden was established to educate students about sustainable food gardening techniques and healthy food choices, to promote direct community involvement and provide service-learning opportunities. A food garden working group, chaired by Dr. Erica Wohldmann and Jean Porter, was started in July 2009. The group met with campus leaders and students to develop the CSUN food garden. The garden is currently managed by Dr. Mario Giraldo and the food garden working group.  A student assistant helps to maintain the garden together with dedicated volunteer students. With over 400 square feet of raised beds, more than a dozen fruit trees, and low-water irrigation, all built and planted by dedicated student, faculty, and staff volunteers the garden has grown tremendously and continues to thrive.

Location: The garden is located on the North East side of the California State University, Northridge campus between the baseball and softball fields and directly behind Northridge Academy High School. (click on the link to view a map of the campus)

Visit the Resources page for information on organic food production and gardening.

 

Get Involved!

Join the Garden Working Group. For more information, visit the Working Groups page.

 If you teach a course related to sustainability or want to bring your class outdoors to learn more about organic food production, please contact sustainability@csun.edu to find out how to bring your class to the garden!

Students can do their service learning hours with the Institute for Sustainability. Working in the garden is one of the activities students will be engaged in. Find out more on our Service Learning page.

View the Institute for Sustainability Moodle Page for:

  • Hours when we maintain the garden.
  • Garden workshops where UC Cooperative Master Gardeners Randy Thompson and Pam Aitchison teach us sustainable food gardening techniques
  • Garden workdays when we work on implementing projects in the food garden.

 

“Like” the CSUN Food Garden on Facebook

 

CSUN Food Coalition

The CFC is a student led interdisciplinary approach to creating change within the food system. Our goals include educating the CSUN community on food related issues and engaging students in their communities by providing community service opportunities. The collective was created by students to serve as an outlet for implementing sustainable practices on the Cal State University Northridge campus and in our local communities, with an emphasis on sustainable food systems.

Contact: CSUN.foodcoalition@gmail.com

Facebook: CSUN Food Coalition

Twitter: @food_coalition

 

Faculty Involvement

If you teach a course related to the food garden or just want to teach class outdoors once in a while, please contact sustainability@csun.edu. to learn more about bringing your class to the garden!

Service Learning Opportunities

Follow the link for more information!

 

Media

Food for Thought: CSUN Creates a Community Garden

Tree hugger art project draws attention to campus food garden

Case Study: CSUN Food Garden 2012