CommUnity Garden


Our vision encompasses getting high school students interested in STEM, improving food quality in underprivileged areas of San Diego, and increasing awareness of sustainability, both within high schools and communities.

To accomplish this, our project helps to develop community gardens – both outdoor, soil-based gardens and indoor aquaponic or hydroponic gardens – and offers various STEM projects to the high school students we work with. We work closely with the students and do our best to act as mentors to them, and in doing so, we encourage them to pursue higher education and more sustainable lifestyles.

We have worked extensively with Hoover High School to create an extensive community garden, implement a variety of stem projects (aquaponics, 3D printed, and irrigation systems), and foster a lasting relationship with the students. We will continue to expand our project by reaching out to more schools in San Diego and increasing the breadth of the projects we offer to students.

This quarter, we plan to be less heavily involved with Hoover High School, as their community garden is thriving. We are reaching out to new high schools in the area, such as the Preuss school, in hopes of developing a new community garden and implementing a hydroponics system.

By the end of fall quarter, we hope to establish a lasting connection with a new high school. We also hope to make progress on developing the prototype for a hydroponics system that we could implement at this high school.

In the following quarters, we will work on establishing the garden and implementing some introductory STEM projects for the students that we work with.

If you’re interested in joining or hearing more about CommUnity Garden, please contact the Project Lead, Emma Zelus, at We meet on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 pm at the Loft in Price Center.