Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.07
Liaison Katie Koscielak
Submission Date May 7, 2020

STARS v2.2

Humboldt State University
IN-7: Community Garden

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Katie Koscielak
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Mgmt
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A brief description of the institution’s community garden:

HSU’s most recent community garden movement began in the Spring of 2011 as a ballot item for the Associated Students annual election. A majority of students responded positively to this ballot item: a question of whether they valued a community garden on campus. In response to this positive feedback, the 2011-2012
Associated Students council created a sub-committee that would assess on- and off-campus community garden alternatives and draft a proposal that would eventually be presented to the University Executive Committee. In
the Spring of 2012, the Executive Committee approved the project for further deliberation, and shortly thereafter the Board of Finance granted a one-time amount of $11,539.87 for the implementation of a garden
somewhere on campus. Additionally, the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) created two employee positions which would coordinate the implementation of a community garden and, once implemented, oversee operation and maintenance of the garden. At the end of the Spring 2012 semester, a final location was given for the garden: a 35’x35’ section of grassy space west of the Jensen House near CCAT.

Purpose of our community garden
The purpose of the HSU Community Garden is to provide space for students to learn about and practice growing food and other plants organically. This garden will facilitate healthy living by promoting organic practices and encouraging students to eat fresh, local produce. In addition, the space will provide a place where people can gather and share in the common experience of growing their own food. The garden will serve as one avenue to practice collaboration and learn to care for the commons.


Website URL where information about the community garden is available:
Estimated number of individuals that use the institution’s community garden annually:
20

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