Sustainability

Sustainable Garden Education Center

            

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 was started in 2009 to develop the CSUN food garden. A decade later, the area is flourshing! Student assistants maintain the garden 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 student, faculty, and staff volunteers the garden has grown tremendously and continues to thrive. 

Location: The garden area 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 to view a map of the campus.

Get Involved!

Join the Organics Working Group. For more information, visit the Working Groups page (under Organics).

If you teach a course related to sustainability or want to bring your class outdoors to learn more about organic food and gardening, please contact us at (818) 677-7710 or sustainability@csun.edu to find out how to bring your class to the garden!

Students can complete service learning hours with the Institute for Sustainability. Working in the garden is one of the activities students will be engaged in. Register to volunteer by bit.ly/ISVolunteer.

For information and resources about gardening, visit our Garden Resources Page

Case Study

The CSUN Food Garden and former Compost Program are featured in a case study published on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) website. CSUN students, staff, and faculty can register for a free account with their CSUN email and view the case study here: Integrated educational food garden and composting.

360 Degree Garden Video

Campus Dining Locations Food Waste is Collected From

 

 In Spring 2014 the total waste picked up was 9,300 pounds.

In Fall 2014 the total waste picked up was 15,737 pounds until Week 14.

 

 In Spring 2015 the total amount of waste picked up was 13,710 pounds.