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. 


 

Applications for our Summer 2017 Pilot Season (6/26 - 9/18/2017) are now open! The deadline to apply for this season is FRIDAY, MAY 19th, 2017 at 11:59 pm. Late applications will automatically be placed on the waiting list. Students, staff and faculty are all encouraged to apply. Due to high demand and limited plot availability, qualifying applicants will be selected at random. Fall applications will open later in the summer.

To apply:

1. Review the following rules and regulations, available here. Pending approval, each member will be required to abide by these rules. Please do not print or sign until requested by the Garden Oversight Committee. These rules are subject to change.

2. If you would like to apply, please fill out this form.

3. Applicants will be notified of their status and next steps the week of June 5th, 2017.

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

Please send any questions or comments to hcigardens@g.ucla.edu.