Seeds@City Urban Farm is both a vegetable/fruit production farm and the outdoor laboratory for the sustainable agriculture program. All agriculture courses at City College spend time applying theoretical skills learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios at the farm.
The farm is comprised of 4 different campus locations - totalling 1 acre of growing space. The sites include:
- The Main Farm Site (near the Saville Theater)
- The Orchard Site (behind the Harry West Gym)
- The "S" Beds (in front of the S building)
- Rooftop Greenhouse (T-building)
The farm offers students and campus community members the opportunity to learn about sustainable food production in a hands-on, community oriented environment.
Read more about the farm in SDCCD's Newscenter feature.
Additional article on League for Innovation in the Community College: Sowing the Seeds of Success at San Diego City College
What's growing on the farm?
The Main Farm and Orchard both consist of vegetable production and fruit production areas. Vegetables would include everything from broccoli to tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers. Both sites have established fruit trees producing fruits such as peaches, apples, mulberries, figs and more. All produce is grown using organic preferred methods and the hard work of students.
How to be involved
Take a class
Take one of the many agriculture courses! In Spring 2020 the Agriculture program expects to offer Sustainable Urban Agriculture Practice, Plant Science Science, Drip Irrigation, Introduciton to Fruit Tree Management, and Food Preservatoin.
Service Learning is offered Monday - Thursday during the academic year. Times vary by semester, but are always two hour blocks. Volunteers are expected to arrive on time, stay for duration of the service learning time block, and be active, postive contributors to the farm community. All participants must be SDCCD students.
Spring 2020 volunteer hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:30-3:30 PM. If you would like to volunteer please email Erin McConnell at email@example.com for meeting place and further details.
Currently produce is sold from the farm via a subscription Community Supported Agriculture Model (CSA). This model allows the farm to efficiently plan, harvest and sell produce for an assured market. For CSA members we ask a minimum of 4 week committment. This commitment includes 4 weekly bags of 12 or more items per bag ($25 per week). Currently all subscriptions are full - but please check back or log your interest by email.
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Need more info?
For Seeds@City Farm contact:
Erin McConnell, Agriculture program faculty