Healthful Gardener Certificate
The jane b semel HCI Community Garden, in collaboration with the EatWell Pod at the UCLA Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center, is offering a new 4-week hybrid Healthful Gardener learning certificate program. Through this program, participants will learn about health through gardening, from growing food in the soil to digesting what you harvest and cook in your stomach! Participants have the flexibility to complete this 4-module program in 8 hours at their own pace, and have the option to spend time (at least 4 hours recommended) learning through in-person hands-on gardening and culinary projects.
The Healthful Gardener Certificate begins with how soil and its biome is the foundation of plant biology, health, nutrition. Participants will then explore a range of vegetables and other edible plants, and their nourishing benefits through vitamins, minerals, fiber, and prebiotic properties that feed our essential gut bacteria. The journey ends in our stomachs, where we will learn more about how our gut bacteria microbiome not only helps us digest our food, but has an important relationship to our immune systems and other biological functions. Participants also have optional avenues to further explore how gardening, food, and human health can be part of a food system that supports a more sustainable and just future on our planet.
We are excited to launch and offer this program for Winter Quarter 2022, giving you the option to complete this program at your own pace between weeks 5 and 10. Participants can join us outside at the jane b semel HCI Community Garden and online through BruinLearn, with opportunities to attend workshops led by UC Master Gardeners, professors, and chefs. Most importantly, you’ll get to learn with a community of individuals with similar interests and passions for gardening connected to food and health!
Sign up by 2/7/22 to participate in hybrid option, and 2/20/22 to participate online
Email us at HCIgardens@ucla.edu with any questions or if you are interested in sharing your knowledge & research, or teaching a workshop with us.