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 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. A student assistant helps to 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. 

About the Compost Program

The CSUN compost program was established to reduce campus food waste and to educate students on how food waste can be turned into compost, which can then be used to grow new food. Composting began on a small scale alongside the Food Garden using green waste and small containers. In 2013 the compost program was relocated to its current location. The compost facility began with seven compost boxes that were built using recycled pallets, and has grown to include 17 compost beds. The program consists of food waste pick-ups that are done three times a week to various food locations on campus. The waste is then transported to the compost facility to be sorted and put in a compost bed until ready to be used in the food garden.

Location: The garden and compost area are 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 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

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

Case Study

The CSUN Food Garden and 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.