Cal Dining Garden Expansion

Project Lead: Natalia Semeraro, Lucy Tate, Hannah Haugenes
Sponsor: Cal Dining Sustainability Team
TGIF Grant: $4,604
Project Theme: Agriculture & Food Justice
Project Location: Clark Kerr Campus, Foothill Dormitories
Status: In Progress
Project Description: Many UC Berkeley students exhibit a serious need for access to fresh food. Cal Dining aspires to create a healthier, more equitable food system on-campus by providing access to fresh produce in the dining hall and the student food pantry, facilitating student leadership and experiential education, and connecting residents, students and the community as a whole to their greater environment.
Goals: The goal of the garden at the Clark Kerr Campus is to empower students to generate food for themselves and engage in sustainable land use in an urban setting. This expansion project will build upon the garden’s success to pursue additional inclusive, culinary garden spaces. The project will expand on the established working relationship with the Executive Chef, kitchen staff and groundskeeping at CKC by reaching out to the counterparts of these positions at Foothill. This will foster collaboration among Cal Dining, theme houses, students and staff as a means to sustainable and educational initiatives. Additional aspects such as a tool shed and visible signage in the dining hall and around the garden will promote and enhance student involvement in both spaces.

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.