UCSD Community Gardens

UC San Diego has several campus gardens and one San Diego community garden that promote education and the growth of sustainable food and local produce.

Contact us by email, sustain@ucsd.edu, or on Facebook, Grow @ UCSD.


Soon, our waste hauler, EDCO, will start recycling organics, like food scraps, at its new anaerobic digestion facility in Escondido. Until then, campus community members can take their food scraps to these student gardens: Ellie’s Garden, Marshall Community Garden, Roger’s Urban Farmlab and Warren Grow.

What They Accept

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Eggshells and nutshells
  • Coffee grounds/filters
  • Teabags
  • Paper and cardboard (uncoated, cut into small pieces)
  • Newspaper (shredded)
  • Houseplants
  • Hair and fur
  • Fireplace ashes (from natural wood only)
  • Yard trimmings, including leaves, grass clippings, hay, straw, sawdust, and wood chips

What’s Considered Trash

  • Coal or charcoal ash (might contain substances harmful to plants)
  • Dairy products and eggs (create odor problems and attract pests)
  • Diseased or insect ridden plants (could transfer to other plants)
  • Fat, grease, lard and cooking oils
  • Meat or fish bones and scraps (could carry pathogens)
  • Pet feces or litter (could contain viruses harmful to humans)
  • Yard trimmings treated with chemicals
  • Brown, bamboo, bagasse paper, bleached paper or PLA products, including plates, napkins, cups, clamshells and utensils
  • Candy and gum

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