UA Food Day

A Food Day event is organized and celebrated by the Food for All Committee, which has invited the Garden Committee and Compost Cats to participate in a ‘food cycle’ themed event. Each group would have a stall to demonstrate the growth, harvest and decomposition of food. This task may be delegated to a single intern or manager and would require communication and co-planning with the FFA Committee and Compost Cats.

6th Street Green House Conservatory

The Life Science Student Association (LSSA) currently has two greenhouses on campus. Both are located on the 6th floor of the 6th street garage. LSSA uses one greenhouse for the propagation and production of their house plants, desert plants and tropical plants. LSSA's other greenhouse is a showcase of the many capabilities of controlled environment agriculture. This greenhouse is designed to help further LSSA's education goals, and is open to the public.

Farmer's Market

The LSSA participates in local Farmer's Markets to reach out to other organizations and the Tucson Community. They currently share a tent with the CEASA (Controlled Environment Agriculture Student Association) selling house plants, native desert plants, and herbs. LSSA aims to expand to other Farmer's Markets around Tucson to network with other vendors and interact with the Tucson community.

UA Community Garden

The 1,600-square foot, 45-bed UA Community Garden is open to students, employees, and community members. Throughout the fall and winter of 2011, students dug plant beds, installed irrigation systems and built a shed for garden tools. The garden has been divided into 45 plots measuring 20 feet by 3 feet. Students, community and faculty can rent plots for a fee of up to $70 per year. As of March 2012, all of the faculty spaces have been reserved, and only a handful of student plots and community plots remain.

Composting with the Wildcats

Compost Cats is an entirely student-run project to convert food and green waste from the University of Arizona and other local businesses into a valuable soil amendment, help reduce the carbon footprint of the university, and save the university money by reducing landfill fees. Compost will be donated to campus gardens and landscapes and to community and school garden projects in Tucson.

Rincon Heights Community Garden: Growing Stronger Community Connections

The Rincon Heights Neighborhood has teamed up with the UA to build a 60-bed community garden that doubles as an outdoor, hands-on learning laboratory for students. With the help of two UA interns, the UA Masters of Public Administration Student Association, and the UA Compost Cats, neighborhood residents have prepared 36 garden beds, planted two fig trees and acquired a cache of shovels and other gardening tools.

From Campus Waste to Gourmet Treat

Building on the success of a test crop of gourmet mushrooms grown in 2013, UA students and researchers are partnering with Tucson Village Farm and the UA Controlled Environment Agricultural Center to produce large quantities of mushrooms from discarded landscaping and consumer waste. Together, they are creating a simple production-recycling program at the UA that can easily be copied by anyone interested in converting this type of waste into tasty and nutritious fungi.

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