Welcome to the new jane b semel HCI Community Garden, located at the top of the amphitheater at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center!

Contact Information:

hcigardens@g.ucla.edu

Our Mission:

The jane b semel HCI Community Garden provides an on-campus space for the UCLA community to grow healthy food and foster education of urban gardening practices. In partnership with the Healthy Campus Initiative envisioned and supported by Jane and Terry Semel, the initiation of this garden is intended to promote community building and address food insecurity on campus.  



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History

The jane b semel HCI Community Garden started as a project out of the student club Dig: the Campus Garden Coalition at UCLA whose mission is to build more spaces where the UCLA community can come together and learn about food systems through hands-on gardening. In 2015, the original designs of the garden were drafted by Dig members who have since collaborated with the Healthy Campus Initiative, UCLA Recreation and One Gun Ranch to create the garden that exists today. The terraced garden sits atop the existing amphitheater, consisting of 31 beds which are used by student organizations, classes, UCLA staff and faculty, and UCLA extension to grow food and hold workshops. This garden is maintained by the Garden Oversight Committee, a joint committee of Dig leaders, HCI researchers and Recreation staff dedicated to maintaining this hub for experiential learning and dialogue about our food systems. 

Mission Statement 

The jane b semel HCI Community Garden provides an on-campus space for the UCLA community to grow healthy food and foster education of urban gardening practices. In partnership with the Healthy Campus Initiative envisioned and supported by Jane and Terry Semel, the initiation of this garden is intended to promote community building and address food insecurity on campus.  

Location

The garden is located at the top of the amphitheater at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, and is accessed through the main entrance of SCRC.

Special Thanks

This garden would not be made possible without the student leaders who first envisioned the top of the amphitheater as a community garden on campus and worked tirelessly to make it real. These students include Ian Davies, Steven Eggert and Cloudy Xu. Also a big thank you to the garden’s early supporters including Dr. Wendy Slusser and the Healthy Campus Initiative, Alice Bamford from One Gun Ranch, Dana Dickerson from Recreation, and Mick DeLuca. Special thanks also to The Green Initiative Fund for getting us our initial funding for the project, and in memory of former campus architect Jeff Averill for his advocacy and design expertise. Added to the list are the inaugural members of the GOC, including Katie Zeller, Jacob Garson, Daniel Shen and Mark Biedlingmaier. 


 

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Before applying, please review our rules and regulations, available here. Pending application approval, each member will be held accountable to these terms. Please do not print or sign until requested by the Garden Oversight Committee. Please note these rules are subject to change, and members will be notified of any changes.

All plots have been filled for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis and will automatically be placed on the waiting list. We are unable to predict how soon vacancies will occur but please note there is a 1-year membership limit and there will be a new cohort every fall. Students, staff and faculty are all encouraged to apply.

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Thank you for your interest and we look forward to working with you!

 

 Who is eligible to apply for a garden plot?

UCLA Students, Staff and Faculty.

Due to high demand and limited plots available, we cannot guarantee all who apply will receive a plot.

What is the application timeline?

Applications for the 17-18 academic year open SEPTEMBER 13, 2017. After Friday, OCTOBER 6th, 11:59pm, applications will automatically be placed on the waiting list and reviewed on a rolling basis as space permits.

Applications for the 2018 summer season will open in Spring 2018. Please check back here or join our Facebook Group to stay updated.

How many plots are there? How big are they?

There are 31 plots, each approximately 4’x10’.

Is there a minimum number of members per plot? Is there a maximum?

Yes, to encourage high participation and learning, we require each plot have 5 members minimum, with no maximum. Members can be added at any time, but you must have at least 5 members when applying.

What if I don’t have a group of 5?

We highly encourage you to form or find a group: check out our Facebook Group where you might find some individuals you can apply with! We will also post workshop and events to the Facebook Group where you can join and meet others interested in gardening. Another resource is Dig, a student group who manages a garden at the upper lawn of Sunset Rec.

How long is a plot leased for?

Plots are leased for approximately 9 months (Oct-June) during the academic year, and 3 months (June-Sept) for the summer season. If you forfeit your plot early, we will give it to those on the waitlist.

Yay I am a member! How can I communicate with other members?

Join our FB group here! This group is open to both members and non-members to share gardening stories, tips, happenings, etc.

Unfortunately I am not a member yet, but how can I stay involved?

Join our FB group here! Non-members are welcome to join our workshops and events posted in this group. It is open to both members and non-members to share gardening stories, tips, happenings, etc.

What are my responsibilities as a member?

In a nutshell, you are expected to: keep a well maintained plot (must not lie fallow or disturb neighboring plots, and be relatively free of weeds), participate in workshops/work days (at least 1 per quarter), be kind and inclusive to the community

For a detailed list of rules, responsibilities, and expectations, please refer to our Membership Agreement, found HERE.

Is this a sustainable garden? What does that mean?

YES! It means no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or repellents may be used ANYWHERE inside the garden. Check out our Resources tab on this website for where to buy organic, non-GMO seeds, and natural ways to manage pests.

Who do I contact for more information?

hcigardens@ucla.edu

I need advice on gardening, who or where should I go?

Check out our Resources tab on this website, attend a workshop where you can chat with members or other expert(s), or email us at hcigardens@ucla.edu and we’ll try to help you out.