Student Organic Garden Association Intern Program


Project Leads: Ellie Lum, Margaret Dowley, Anika Rice, Sara Cate Jones, Megan Jackson, Matthew Duffett, Deanna Oganesian

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Sponsor: Student Organic Garden Association

TGIF Grant: $20,396 (for two summers)

Project Theme: Food Justice & Sustainability

Project Location: The Student Organic Garden is located at the corner of Walnut street and Virigina Street in Berkeley. 

2014 Application Submission

Status: In Progress 

Project Description: The SOGA Intern Program provides the student organic garden with a continuity of management during the summer season, which will support continued education outreach and garden maintenance. The program further addresses SOGA's mission of promoting sustainable food systems through hands-on education and community education.

Goals
  1. Make the garden available to the UC Berkeley community during the summer as a key campus resource for sustainable food systems education.
  2. Provide educational and leadership opportunities for students. 

Accomplishments

  • See Final Report
Final Report

Metrics: 
 

Metric (Event, Campaign, Education, etc.) Description Impact Status Notes
Summer 2014 Programs Manager Community outreach, media and organizational management, soil contamination and remediation research, workshop facilitation, fabrication of cirriculm. 117.75 hours worked on TGIF project Completed This does not include follow-up reporting throughout the year. June-August.
Summer 2014 Operations Manager Facilitating open hours, soil contamination and remediation research, running workshops, basic garden management (watering, weeding, purchasing tools). 184.25 hours worked on TGIF project Completed June- August
Summer 2014 Operations Intern Aiding Operations and Programs Managers in open hours, soil contamination and remediation research, running workshops, basic garden management (watering, weeding, purchasing tools). 116.5 hours worked on TGIF project Completed June- August
SPUR Grant project - building soil Former SOGA summer intern, Matthew Duffet, is researching how to build soil out of blood meal, fishmeal, compost, soil, and woodchips. In addition to this mixture, we will be planting fava beans to increase the nitrogen in the soil. ~6 people involved in setup of research. Estimated impact of 500 people (neighbors and community who will receive Matt's final research) In Progress Project began September and will have an final report at the end of spring semester. This project will be ongoing beyond this school year, however, as it will take time for the organic matter to decompose. This is not paid for or sponsored by the TGIF grant, however the need for this research was promoted through the internship program that the TGIF grant paid for.
SOGA Summer Interns Interns hired for summer months only, in order maintain the garden as well as organizational structure. 3 internships or jobs created by grant funding In Progress Interships created by the TGIF grant run from June to late August. We will begin to search for applicants for the second summer of internships in mid May. We will hire ~3 interns who will begin their work in early June.
Soil research Research in what zinc and lead toxicity means for our garden as well as human health. In addition, research as to how the grounds would have become contaminated in the first place. Number of ~5 faculty members engaged Completed  
Workshops Mulching workshop, raised bed building, and transplating workshops. These were the first three events to occur after the garden was opened to the public and were a large part of the soil remediation process. Approximately 6 people participated in the first event (not including the 3 interns) and ~15 people participated in the second event (not including the 3 interns). 3 community events Completed  
Open hours During the summer open hours occurred 10-2 Tuesday, Wed., Thrs., and Sunday. Tasks included tours around the garden, general maintenance to help produce growth and maintain the aesthetics of the garden. 5-10 volunteers engaged each week Completed Information current to August. Open hours during 2014-2015 semester are Sunday from 10-2
Daily Cal article SOGA Summer Interns interviewed by Lucy Tate of Daily Cal 1 media interview Complete  
Email sign-up Volunteers and garden visitors sign-up to the SOGA listserv ~80 sign-ups to listserv Continuing Data from June-August; does not account for 2014-2015 semester
8/11/15 listserve New listserv service through mailchimp, so that we can track mail responses, etc. 158 email opens - 42% Complete Data from June-August; does not account for 2014-2015 semester
8/23/15 listserve New listserv service through mailchimp, so that we can track mail responses, etc. 154 email opens - 41.2% Complete Data from June-August; does not account for 2014-2015 semester

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Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.