Center for Community Engagement

Monterey Bay: Community Garden, Once Abandoned Lot, Feeds Residents

Monterey Bay

CSU Monterey Bay faculty and students worked cooperatively with homeless residents and social-service organizations in a former dumping ground turned organic garden. The 30,000-square-foot Chinatown Community Garden, recognized as the most bio-diverse of the 19 such gardens in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, last year grew more than 1,000 pounds of produce. The garden’s 30 individual garden beds provide nutritious food for the resident gardeners, while the communal plot provides fresh vegetables weekly to a soup kitchen. The garden also started a worm compost micro-enterprise that sold more than 250 gallons last year, and its “worm team,” made up of homeless men, saw the project’s potential steady income as a viable step back into the workforce.

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CSU Chico
CSU Chico

CSU Chico is tackling food insecurity with an innovative collaboration between students and faculty, in which The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) CalFresh Outreach program draws social work, health science, and nutrition and food science students to help reduce food insecurity among both students and community members.

CSU Fresno
CSU Fresno

The Food Recovery Network (FRN) was created in 2013 to address extreme food insecurity in the Central Valley by recovering surplus edible food and distributing it to people in need.

CSU Fullerton
CSU Fullerton

Learning about sustainable, healthy food choices is the goal of the Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) launched in 2009.

CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Monterey Bay

CSU Monterey Bay faculty and students worked cooperatively with homeless residents and social-service organizations in a former dumping ground turned organic garden.