The Edible Campus Program is a collaborative effort between the A.S. Food Bank, UCSB Sustainability, and the Department of Public Worms. We aim to reform underutilized spaces on campus into productive gardens that will supplement the Associated Students Food Bank and Miramar Pantry with fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables. DPW’s role within the Edible Campus Program involves much of the management of the three projects.
The first ECP project is the Urban Orchard. We tend to the citrus trees located in Storke Plaza just below Storke Tower. The first two Washington Navel Orange trees were donated by the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation in Summer 2015 and five more Tango Mandarin trees were added in August 2016.
We also manage The Vertical Gardens located behind the Recreation Center, which have produced a variety of produce including radishes, green onions, peppers, and tomatoes.
The Edible Campus Program Student Farm is our most recent project. Located adjacent to the Orfalea Family Children’s Center, the ECP Student Farm will contain around 32 raised beds, a greenhouse, a smart weather stations, and a permaculture food forest. We currently have 10 raised beds that are growing produce. Our Worm Wranglers are in charge of taking care of the plants, harvesting, building beds, and more!