The Edible Campus Program student farm will be the first campus farm which is designed to be able to grow food which can be distributed to students broadly.  Due to this, we have been working closely with campus administration to determine the appropriate approval process and learning a lot as we have moved forward! Some of the steps we have accomplished so far include:

  • Spring 2014, The Edible Campus Program with support of the Johnson Ohana Foundation kicks off our programs with the launch of the Urban Orchard Program.  Planning for the farm begins!
  • June 28th, 2016 Preliminary Project Proposal submitted to Campus Planning Committee (CPC).  CPC recommends to the Chancellor the approval of the Student Farm project on either the northern or eastern site and proceed with planning and design. [Note:  It was later determined that we should pursue the Northern Site] Recommendation
  • November 20th, 2016 Chancellor Approves the CPC recommendation for the Edible Campus Program Student Farm.  Approval.
  • February 21st, 2017 First draft of the conceptual designs for the farm completed
  • April 13th, 2017 Final conceptual designs for the farm completed with edits from a variety of stakeholders incorporated
  • Spring 2017. Dr. Gamble’s anthropology class assessed the cultural resources of the location.
  • July 12th, 2017 Dr. Gamble completed the preliminary report on the student farm
  • July 19th, 2017 First draft of the construction documents completed
  • December 18th, 2017 Revised construction documents completed
  • February 13th, 2018 UCSB Office of Campus Planning and Design submitted the Notice of Impending Development for the student farm
  • February 23rd, 2018 California Coastal Commission submitted a request for more information on the planned student farm
  • March 1st, 2018 Minor Capital Improvements Project Application submitted to Budget and Planning
  • March 12th, 2018 Lead Planner responded to first set of questions from the California Coastal Commission
  • March 22nd, 2018 California Coastal Commission submitted a second request for more information with a new set of questions on the planned student farm. We are currently finalizing responses to these.