Roger’s Community Garden at UCSD (formerly the Neighborhood Community Garden @ UCSD) is a student-led garden serving the UCSD and San Diego community. We are located on a quarter acre of land behind the Dance Building and La Jolla Playhouse. Our main purpose is to offer land to students, staff, faculty, and alumni, to grow herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Additionally, in pursuit of our overall mission, we are developing multiple other projects, such as composting programs, workshops on sustainable agriculture and nutrition, lectures and teach-ins on surrounding social justice issues, and an annual seminar jointly taught by RCG faculty advisors and students. As a student-led project, we strive to support the community that supports us, and give back to those who have given so much to us. We hope that through our efforts we can add a something special to our campus.
- Elected Positions
- 2 Garden Stewards
- Appointed Positions
- Sustainable Food Project Liaisons
- Publicity Chair
- Faculty mentor
- A copy of our bylaws can be found here: Roger’s Community Garden Bylaws
- All suggestions, feedback, ideas, questions are welcome whether you have been here 1 time or 100 times. We love to hear new ideas. Everyone’s thoughts on making the garden better are appreciated.
- We have no official structure or hierarchy and meet occasionally as needed so please join in the meetings or discussions anytime.
- Anyone is welcome to call for a meeting if they see something that should be addressed. Usually, these meetings are in the form of potlucks on Sundays towards the beginnings of work the work day (around 10:30am).
- Please respect the garden space and produce. Please enjoy the space and leave it clean. This garden is the result of thousands of hours of student work and sweat.
- Please respect other people’s plots as you would your own.
- Anyone associated with UCSD (students, staff, faculty, and alumni) is welcome to rent a plot. Just email us or come visit the Garden on a Sunday between 10am and noon.
- Our weekly work hours are Sundays from 10am til 12pm.
- Check the bulletin board in the Garden when you arrive to find out the day’s jobs and activities.
In 1992, approval was given by the Land Use committee to a group of student to use land behind the Dance Building and La Jolla Playhouse as a garden space. Due to poor management, garden space quickly expanded beyond its demarcated limits, nullifying the agreement. However, over the next two decades several different student and community groups attempted to re-establish a garden in the same space. These subsequent groups were also unsuccessful in establishing a clear and defined border for the garden. Incidents involving unmonitored water use led to the felling of eucalyptus trees. In this process, the “garden” area significantly expanded out of its original allocated space, clearing much of the eucalyptus grove. In 2008, the student org Roots and Shoots started the latest rehabilitation of the garden. Starting in the 2009-2010 school year, Roger’s Community Garden emerged as an independent organization to oversee the garden space. Since then, RCG has done a tremendous amount of work to bring the garden back to life. In May 2010, the garden space again became an officially recognized campus resource. We are now one of three community gardens serving the UCSD community. We are proud to be a part of the campus-gardening movement along with Ellie’s Garden and Earl’s Garden.