Stanford Service Corps

Community Gardens Consultant

Faced with a wide range of compliance to Community Garden practices and a long waiting list of students, faculty, and staff hoping to join and earn the title of "gardener," Stanford Residential and Dining Services staff asked my team to propose a way to make the Community Gardens program more sustainable longterm. Through stakeholder interviews, observations, and research, we uncovered insights around the disconnects and varying expectations between the key players in this ecosystem. After developing an understanding of how other independent community gardens run successfully, we made recommendations to the staff that would both relieve the burden they currently hold and also empower the gardeners themselves to keep their community running. Our recommendations to Residential & Dining Services focused on fostering independence, accountability, and support for the Community Gardeners, and are in the process of being implemented.