Teaching Gardens

Manzanita Dining's organic garden


Through the dining hall teaching gardens and the BeWell Community Gardens, the Sustainable Food Program cultivates healthy food for the community and provides an experiential model of the food system for students and the Stanford community.

R&DE Stanford Dining Teaching Gardens

Each of R&DE Stanford Dining’s eight major dining halls has a dedicated teaching garden. These gardens are managed by the Sustainable Food Program, and student gardeners assist with maintenance as part of the internship program. The gardens are primarily used to educate students about the seasonality of food, the botany of fruits and vegetables, and agroecological methods of sustainable food production. Food grown in the gardens is also incorporated into the dining hall menus.

R&DE Stanford Dining's organic gardens are always in need of student volunteers to help harvest and plant herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Email Dara Olmsted Silverstein for upcoming garden work days at darao@stanford.edu.

BeWell Community Gardens

The Sustainable Food Program manages Stanford’s two BeWell Community Gardens, which are open to the Stanford community for personal use. More information on the gardens can be found here: community-gardens.stanford.edu

Stanford Seed Library

The Stanford Seed Library is co-hosted by the Stanford Community Farm and R&DE Stanford Dining’s Sustainable Food Program. It provides the Stanford community with convenient access to heirloom seeds, as well as workshops, a newsletter, and handouts full of gardening and seed saving information. Sign up for the Seed Library here: http://bit.ly/stanfordseedlibrary