exploring how increased community garden engagement can connect students, faculty, and staff to existing campus resources, which promote food security, urban agriculture, and healthy lifestyles
Pictured above, left to right: [top] Jonah Eisen (team leader), Jada Larson, Julia Campbell [bottom] Claire Villegas, Jack Miller (team leader), Amy Stanfield

SAR Project | 2020

Exploring Community Garden Engagement on Campus

SAR Community Gardens Team

Exploring Community Garden Engagement on Campus


Exploring How Increased Community Garden Engagement Can Connect Students, Faculty, and Staff to Existing Campus Resources, Which Promote Food Security, Urban Agriculture, and Healthy Lifestyles

Our research project seeks to understand the potential social and environmental impacts of having the Jane B Semel HCI community garden at UCLA. The target goal of the project is to establish an outreach program that aims to educate students about gardening and increase the visibility and interest in the HCI community garden among UCLA students and staff. We will engage students with urban agriculture programs and maximize the pot with locally-sourced produce. At the UCLA campus, several other aspects of gardening are explored including the benefits on mental health and the potential for on-campus composting. The first part of our research will include taking baseline soil samples of the garden beds to identify knowledge gaps that currently exist about the status of our gardens. These knowledge gaps will help us form educational opportunities for students that will increase overall garden engagement on campus.


Stakeholder(s): Mark Biedlingmaier, Antoine Kunsch

Team Leaders: Jonah Eisen, Jack Miller

Team Members: Jada Larson, Julia Campbell, Claire Villegas, Amy Stanfield, Jessie Fleming 


Final Deliverables


exploring community garden engagement on campus


Media Assignments

exploring community garden engagement on campus
With their infographic assignment, the Community Gardens Team created “The Benefits of Gardening”, which encourages students to start their own garden to not only grow food, but to promote mental health.






















Other Deliverables 


Midterm Report: “Expanding Experiential Learning Opportunities Through UCLA Community Gardens”

Midterm Presentation: Community Gardens 2020 Midterm Presentation

Press Release: “How Can Community Gardens Serve to Address Food Security and Increase Food System Sustainability?” 


Final Presentation: “How can our university garden infrastructure be integrated into existing food and health related resources at UCLA to optimize the social and environmental impacts?”

Final Report: “Optimizing the Social and Environmental Impacts of Garden Infrastructure”