SEEd Project Garden
The SEEd Project (Sustainable Edible Education) garden provides opportunities for students to directly engage in Cal Lutheran's sustainability efforts and supports the nation-wide movement that encourages people to grow and purchase local produce.
Since the garden’s establishment in September 2010, the SEEd Project has also partnered with on-campus food services for a vermicomposting program. During a typical academic year, the garden holds a weekly Farm Stand on The Spine, distributing crops and other goods to the campus community, such as tea bags harvested from the garden’s plants, or fresh eggs from the garden’s hens. Additionally, once a month on Saturday mornings, the SEEd Garden hosts a SEEd Saturday event—a three hour long volunteer event.
The garden can be used by anyone! Faculty use the space so students can conduct experiments in a living lab or enjoy a lecture in the fresh air. Students, community members, faculty and staff can also host an event in the garden space—there’s even a pizza oven there to use!
Visit the Garden
The garden is located on north campus, just a short walk past Hutton Field.
Check us out on Facebook and Instagram to see what we’re up to in the garden!
The Garden-to-Table Project takes students from different classes and majors on a months-long creative, immersive and interactive journey. They plant, harvest and prepare their own and other locally sourced food. They create pottery vessels and plates for serving and eating this food at a banquet they host for 100 people in the SEEd Garden.
In the spring 2020 semester, seven classes participated in the project:
- Ceramics students explored the relationship between pottery, food and meaning.
- Ancient Art students gained hands-on experiences in plate-making and glazing workshops to complement their study of ancient practices of working with clay.
- Students in the Food and Religion class got to learn in an outdoor classroom—the SEEd Garden.
- Student journalists in the Writing for Mass Media class were able to interview ceramics students as they worked on their vessel projects.
Created by Professor Neuwalder, this annual project builds community among students, staff, poets and local farmers. The result is an experience for community building centered on pottery, local sourced and communally prepared food, and the sharing of a bountiful meal in a beautiful setting.
Want to get involved?
You can become a SEEd worker (paid position), volunteer at drop-ins or even schedule a garden tour—this is a place for students of all majors!
For more information about the SEEd garden and its opportunities, please contact Dr. Fung at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SEEd Garden is a place where you can destress from classes and give back to the earth by planting and caring for the plants we cultivate on campus. It is a quiet, safe space to meditate and enjoy nature. You can also work on your own independent research projects there! I was able to conduct an experiment for a pollinator garden which resulted in beautiful vibrant red tulips. It is a rewarding experience when your seedlings grow into healthy and strong plants.Bianca Flores ‘21