Campus Urban Farm

Campus Urban Farm

Urban Farm Location

The Urban Farm is located next to the Physical Plant and is generally open to registered volunteers 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the semester. Check the bulletin board posted outside the Farm gates for the most up-to-date hours.

Visitors may schedule a formal visit by contacting dhurbanfarm@gmail.com directly with their availability to ensure a volunteer will be on-site to greet them.  

Campus Urban Farm Informational Flyer [PDF]

Visit/Use the Farm

Campus users can request to assist with planting a raised bed during the academic year. The Campus Urban Farm is also available for events, tours, and lectures. It features an outdoor classroom area with solar power and seating. To request to volunteer as a group, space, special tour, event, or other type of engagement, fill out the following online request form. Requests for student or faculty research projects using the Farm are also accepted here:  

Submit Farm Use Form

Volunteer

The Campus Urban Farm accepts volunteers throughout the school year, and offers community service and service-learning hours. To get started, interested volunteers are encouraged to sign up for a half-hour orientation training.

Orientations are available until the last month of the academic semester. If attempting to complete service-learning hours, please arrange for volunteer orientation before this cut-off deadline as no exceptions will be made to accommodate students missing service hours as a result of failure to complete orientation prior to this deadline. 

Farm Volunteer Orientation Request

Farm Docent Training

Would you like to get trained and certified as a Campus Urban Farm docent? Complete your training and exam online. Download the Farm Docent Online Training Syllabus [PDF].

Background/Site Information

The proposal for the Campus Urban Farm was approved by the Presidential Cabinet in February of 2018. The proposal also had the financial backing of the Chancellor’s Office via a Campus as a Living Lab grant to support its launch. As a result, the Campus Urban Farm was able to begin operations incredibly quickly with the assistance of several service-learning classes and many motivated volunteers!

A former campus nursery located next to Physical Plant, the Campus Urban Farm occupies a footprint of approximately .11 acres with 30’x 80’ of available growing space. The current site is fully-enclosed with a gate and has a sidewalk encircling the main growing area. It has access to potable water and electricity.  It is 100% solar-powered and off-grid.  

Operations are managed by paid student interns from the Office of Sustainability in conjunction with a dedicated faculty liason (Jenney Hall, Interdisciplinary Studies). 

Other Services

Do you have food scraps that you want to drop-off for use at the Farm's on-site composting system? There is a pull-up drop-off bin just outside the Farm gates that can accept food scraps 24/7. Unlike our commercial organics service, our worms are "vegan," so we can only accept produce (fruits, vegetables) and coffee grounds. Please no cooked foods or egg cartons please!

Shell logoThank you to Shell for a generous 2021 donation which is currently supporting paid Farm internships, K-12 outreach to the local community, and the development of a Farm docent training program in collaboration with dedicated participants from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

Other Campus Resources

CSUDH Seed Library (coming January 2022!):  The CSUDH Seed Library offers seeds for vegetables, herbs, and flowers. All CSUDH Library users are welcome to freely take seeds from the collection. If you're successful in growing them and able to return some, please do, to help keep our seed library renewable. The collection helps promote food and climate justice within our community.  For more information, visit the CSUDH Seed Library website (https://libguides.csudh.edu/seed)


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