Greening Campus and Feeding Families in Need

As part of campus-wide service learning efforts, the Urban Stewards club has taken on an exciting new project.

On Oct 9, Campbell Hall installed Tower Gardens, a vertical aeroponic growing system made up of 8 stands with a total capacity of 224 plants. Located on the sun-filled top level of the Arts and Education Center, this urban farm will yield fresh, organic produce year-round, including leafy greens, herbs, onions, squash, and other healthy vegetables. The funds to build the gardens were generously donated by a grant provided by the The I.N. and Susanna Van Nuys Foundation.

Lettuce Grow, the organization that installed the towers, is providing training and education to students and faculty on how to maintain the gardens. While Lettuce Grow supplied the seedlings to start Campbell Hall’s sustainable farm, the school hopes to eventually produce its own seedlings in the elementary school planters. The Urban Stewards club also secured a micro-grant from Tutor-Corps for the purchase and installation of a large compost bin which they hope to use for the production of fertilizer. Because the growing cycle is shortened with this method, vegetables are able to harvested every few weeks. All produce will be donated to MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity), a poverty relief organization which serves over 14,600 individuals in Los Angeles County.

The Garden Towers allow students to engage in on-campus service-learning throughout the year and also provide a curricular connection to the care of the towers, seedlings, and compost through AP Environmental Science and other classes. Campbell Hall’s urban farm will have an impact on campus and the greater community, offering sustainable solutions for the future while providing nutritious produce to people in need.

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