“Seeds At City” Wins Awards For Its Urban Agriculture

Creating abundance from scarcity, San Diego City College responded to Southern California’s severe water shortage by replacing its lawns with a thriving organic garden that yields fresh produce for its student farmers, their guiding faculty and a revenue-producing, on- campus Farmers Market.

With the Urban Land Institutes’ “Smart Growth Award” validating its “Seeds at City” project, the college is seeking funds and accreditation for an expanded curriculum in sustainable agriculture and food preparation.

Following are videos of the San Diego City College organic garden and interviews with project founder, Associate Math Professor, Dr. Karon Klipple, and urban farming advisors Paul Maschka, San Diego Zoo’s Lead Organic Horticulturist for 17 years, and Julia Dashe, Sustainable Food Systems guru.

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