As a transdisciplinary hands-on learning space at UCLA, the jane b semel Healthy Campus Initiative Community Garden builds community, and promotes personal and planetary health with a goal of supporting equity and food justice.

Atop UCLA’s iconic Sunset Canyon Amphitheater rests the jane b semel (jbs) Healthy Campus Initiative Community Garden, a dynamic learning space comprised of thirty-one raised beds flanked by an assortment of over fifty evergreen and deciduous fruit trees. Our garden is committed to biodynamic gardening with all of our raised beds filled with the richest and most nutritious soil from One Gun Ranch in Malibu.

The garden and the teaching kitchen promote physical, emotional and social well-being through an integrative approach from the preparation of food in the kitchen or virtually to the planting and cultivation in the garden, to the conversations and fragrances, one experiences while in the garden or the kitchen. The garden addresses the basic needs of UCLA students by providing produce to the food closet, the teaching kitchen and graduate family housing and the teaching kitchen teaches the students about healthy cooking on a budget; the garden and the kitchen also support the emotional and social wellbeing of students.

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Our applications for the 2022 summer growing season are now closed. We will be opening up applications for the 2022-2023 Academic Year this September. Check back then for updates! Or follow us @hcigardens on Instagram to stay up to date!

Garden Location and Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00AM-7:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM-6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM-6:00PM

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Meet the team

A potrait of Melissa, a non-binary person of Chinese descent with tan skin wearing a bucket hat and black shirt in front of a scenic landscape with greenery.

Melissa Liu

EatWell Graduate Student Researcher

Masters of Urban Regional Planning

Ashley Lee

Garden Administrator

Cognitive Science, Environmental Systems and Society Major

Derica Su

Garden Coordinator

Psychology Major

Ally Steinleitner

Garden Coordinator

Geography and Environmental Studies Major

Sage Thomason

Garden Coordinator

Environmental Science Major

James Bassett

Garden Manager, UC Master Gardener

UCLA Faculty, IoES Fielding School of Public Health