Colleges Nine and Ten Garden Club


About Us

Our community garden is located at Colleges Nine and Ten across from the Terry Freitas Cafe, we are open everyday from sunrise to sunset.

Our club is a student-initiated project with a goal of building and maintaining a thriving organic garden that invites the Colleges themes of social justice & community as well as international & global perspectives. Our club meets twice a week where we welcome people to come join us for various gardening activities including planting seeds, watering, harvesting, composting, promoting sustainability, spreading awareness and creating a sense of community. 


Our Mission Statement 

The Colleges Nine and Ten Community Garden seeks to build a strong and diverse community at UCSC centered around social justice, global perspectives, food awareness, and mutual love and admiration for the planet. We bring together students, staff, faculty, and off-campus experts to promote a hands-on educational environment through classes, volunteering, and events.

Please visit this page to see our full mission statement and the history of our garden. 


Get Involved

Composting! → we collaborate with grounds management to accept compost from several on-campus housing locations including several College Nine and Ten apartments and the trailer park. 

During the school year we hold workdays 1-2 times a week where you are welcome to join us for some gardening! Email us, message us, or sign up for our mailing list if you want to find out more! 

Another opportunity is the community gardens class (CLNI-70) is held every Spring which involves gardening activities some of which are carried out in the Colleges Nine and Ten Community Garden.




Community Gardens Class (CLNI 70)

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Meet Our Team


 Sierra, College Ten

 Sierra was born and raised in Indonesia and came to UCSC to pursue an education in both Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She started working in the garden in the Spring of 2019 and is primarily in charge of outreach and event planning as well as maintaining the garden during work days. 





 Mary, College Ten

 Mary is a third year Business Management Economics major. She started working in the garden Spring of 2019. She loves working with plants and getting to meet new people who come into the garden.







 Karl, College Nine

 Karl is a Lebanese student who came to the U.S. to attend university. He is majoring in bioengineering and bioinformatics. Karl started working at the garden in the spring of 2019, and he works wherever help is needed. His passionate about the outdoors and is always up for a good adventure. 



Funding Sources

The Colleges Nine and Ten Community Garden is staffed by student employees who are paid through the College Sustainability Council’s grants for student workers who work in projects related to their Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus. 

Individual projects are funded by the Carbon Fund and Measure 43. The Carbon Fund gives funding to on campus organizations that build projects to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Measure 43, better known as the Sustainable Food, Health and Wellness Initiative began in 2010 and is administered through CASFS to organizations who raise awareness of  issues regarding nutrition, health, sustainable food systems, and garden- and farm-based learning at UCSC. 

The Colleges Nine and Ten Community Garden tracks spending and submits reports to the funding bodies on a regular basis and posts updates to projects on our Project Clearinghouse

Our Efforts Towards Building a More Sustainable Campus

We are connected to CSC’s Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus in the following areas: 

Food Sovereignty - We directly connect to this aspect of the blueprint by stimulating the conversation of food sovereignty and spreading awareness by helping educate people on where some food comes from and have them participate in activities to grow food. 

Personal and Communal Sustainability - Through our efforts to educate our followers on sustainable practices we aim to instill students with the ability to tackle sustainability problems at home. We aim to engage with students who may not have their own experiences, and through our work days we give them hands-on experience that empowers them to do more on their own. Through construction of our rain collection system, compost bins, and drip irrigation system as well as planting events we give students experience they need to do things on their own. 

Natural Resources - We try to make the most out of natural resources through our composting structures, solar lanterns, and a rainwater catchment system. We are in the process of constructing a new composting system that will improve the quality of the soil and be easier to use.

Academics/Education - we aim to share all aspects of the garden with the community through educating events, siganage, tours, and work days held in the garden. These educational opportunities range from guest speakers to reading signs about composting.

Waste - our composting structure takes food waste from several apartments on campus and turns it into nutritious fertilizer that we use in our garden. We try and help educate the community about this and have them take part.